Once I was a listener to all the judging voices,
Telling me I must improve and questioning my choices,
Making me believe that I must strive to be the best,
That I must keep comparing my unique self with the rest.
"Be more like this", would say my dad. "Be like him," said the teacher.
"Never just accept yourself," said the TV and the preacher.
Disguising it as encouragement, they thoughtlessly condemned me.
Draining all my self-esteem, they made me feel unworthy.
Until one day I closed my ears and shut out all the voices.
I started to ignore those trying to rob me of my choices.
I remembered being very small, being fearless, being free.
I remembered when I did not care what others thought of me.
I remembered how that freedom felt. I remembered standing tall.
Even though, at 3 years old, I wasn't tall at all.
Free from judgement, full of love, I stood on those two feet,
With nought to prove to anyone and no wish to compete.
The poison hadn't started yet. The lies had not been told.
I wasn't yet infected by the 'wisdom' of the old.
A radical idea returned to once more set me free.
There's no need to become someone, I'm already someone - ME!
Always have been, always will be worthy and complete.
There is no other just like me. Nobody can compete.
Perfectly imperfect, I can step out of that scam,
And totally accept myself exactly as I am.
"And with the acceptance, whatsoever you are, whatsoever is the case, is then no problem, no question, nothing to be solved; you are simply that. And celebration comes. You start blooming." Osho
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