In a world filled with uncertainties and setbacks it is important to understand and accept where we are in life. Low confidence typically stems from a lack of faith, self-awareness, and self-acceptance which can usually manifest itself into feeling stuck and locked in. We’ve all been there but there is a way out!
Far too often I think we see our lives as a storage unit. For those who have ever stored their precious belongings in a cold, dry and dusty 10 x 10 cell know the agony of seeing concrete and steel trapping everything you own inside. You squint and bite down on your teeth at the eerie sounds of the metal door crashing head first toward the unfinished taupe colored cement floor. Bang! You seal the deal with the click of a Master lock. The anxiety sets in even as you tell yourself that it will all be over soon. But when days turn to weeks and weeks turn to months, you begin to realize that it's stuck there for longer than you expected. You’re now paying the price and there seems to be no end sight.
It took some time for me to figure out that a storage facility is more than a place with locks and stored up memories which don’t seem to fit into our current lives. When I first moved back East from years out on the West Coast, I needed to store my things away for a short period of time. But when things moved differently and slower than I thought, I felt overwhelmed and discouraged. It was only until I understood that I wasn’t stuck but in a transitional stage did I realize that my things were right where they needed to be.
When you acknowledge that you are right where you should be and are true to yourself and others about it, you won’t think of yourself as stuck or locked away. You begin to see life differently. Now that my stuff was set aside I could focus on the more important things that I had put aside for so long. What I once viewed as a cell is now a holding pattern (patience required) and what I once saw as a storage space is now a photoshoot set. How ever you say it, “keeping it 100”, “being real”, or “keeping it official” - it all boils down to meaning the same thing: being true about who and where you are, if you do the truth shall set you free. xoxo –Slightly Flirty c/o Gina Papa