Howdy! Sometimes you feel like a kid, like everyone is going to see right through your grown-up body and realize that you are just pretending to know what is up, where to go, how to do this or that. Sometimes you feel small and the world seems so big and you just want someone to take care of you. Sometimes you feel lost and lonely and believe that you are alone. You have learned to pretend, you have learned to fake being an adult (whatever that is) and mature but every now and then the masquerade becomes a bit overwhelming and you just want a break. Sometimes you are tired.
We are rarely kind to each other around the very things we ourselves go through. It is amazing how we will see someone doing something that society has deemed inappropriate and we will judge it all over the place. We will decide that we are better because we don't have the same issues (or no one knows about our issues). We will decide that we are more enlightened or smarter, more spiritual, kinder, etc. because of someone else is demonstrating human qualities that we would rather hide. If at these moments of self-righteousness we could remember feeling small, feeling like we didn't know it all, and relating to 'being found out' we could be better at connecting, stronger in supporting and brighter in our show of compassion.
What are you afraid of others knowing about you? What have you been taught to judge as wrong that you, yourself do? How does that make you connect or disconnect from others? Do you find yourself putting someone else down who has similar secrets. Often we do this to distract from our own shadow. Point the finger at someone else feeling small so that you don't bring attention to your own insecurities. The thing is, we can embrace feeling like we are faking it. We can accept that we have faked it before and that being a grown up isn't what we have been taught and that there aren't hard and fast rules that one must follow.
When you accept that you feel small, alone, lonely and phony you will be able to communicate to others and find out how not alone you actually are. Your fear becomes less scary and less exhausting. We all understand what it is like to feel unprepared for life. We all understand what it feels like to be overwhelmed and unsure. We just have to call it up when we are with others who are feeling that way so that we can remember to be understanding and accepting instead of being judgmental and condemning.
Love each other… love yourself.