MY HIGHEST SELF
Being you. Committing to what you know is your highest self. No masks, out in the open, brave, sincere, honest and vulnerable. What does it truly mean to be ‘Real’ in every capacity, both good and bad? And where do you even begin?
We all suffer what we might describe as ‘damage’ throughout life. If you ever walk out a front door you are probably breathing pollution, if you were ever a kid you probably skinned your knee, and if you ever loved someone passionately you probably got your heart burned. And we snapped back into protection mode like a rubber band. We began to worry these vulnerable parts of ourselves would be judged. We began to fear the dark parts of ourselves or mistakes we’ve made would be ugly and make us unworthy. And then others won’t love us anymore because we are less than perfect.
But your sincere heart, sewn back up in places, chipped a little in others, skipping a beat from overuse and probably a little worn at times, can’t ever be ugly. What matters is that you have truly lived and don’t let these things harden you. The more you peel back the layers of the onion, open your heart, and be brave, the more real and human and authentic and beautiful you have the opportunity to become.
We all have to find our way through the territory with our own internal compass. Not every choice you make will be a good one. But letting go of what others think (they’re gonna think it anyway, so who cares) and summoning up courage, you’ll make your own path, your own way, in your own time. It seems to me the journey to be ‘Real’ starts with moving beyond a choice motivated by fear, letting go of sharp edges and simply going one step at a time.
‘The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~~~C.G. Jung
Designer/Stylist: Peggy Khoucasian / Writer: Christie Cole
Photographer: JQ Williams / Model: Deanna Reeves