No Apologies Needed

You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.

Richard Feynman

In a world that seeks to define you, create ‘practical’ ‘realistic’ and ‘kind suggestions’ of who you are, how you are supposed to look, what you ought to have accomplished, may this be an encouragement to you. That no one other than God can define who you truly are. Mistakes, failures and setbacks have no power to define who you are. And yes, maybe you are meant to be ‘different’ ‘impractical’ and a tad ‘unrealistic’ because someone somewhere is watching to see you and how you live your life. They are not watching so as to put you down, but to be encouraged by you. To see if there is someone else like them who is different and maybe they are not strong enough to get out of the mold of the society around them. But when they see you, and see others like you, they may get out. Through your fight and struggle to be you they may get the confidence to get out off the comfort of the bed of pain, and throw away the covers of rejection that they used to hide their faces in hoping that no-one would notice their stark difference. They may open their eyes to who they truly are and love themselves because you chose to fight. Just because you may not know who is looking does not mean they do not exist. They may not speak it out loud but there are people who see you and just so you know, you may be surprised at the number.

This fight that you have today to be you will encourage you in the future never to give up on yourself and to always fight to remain who you are. Giving yourself a chance can open doors that you did not know existed so give it a try. Break that mold and walk into the unknown, head held high. Maybe, just maybe this fight may not be for the gallery or random spectators but for yourself. It may be for you to stop apologizing and start living and to open you up to the endless possibilities in you when you embrace who God says you are. Hopefully when we do this we will have the confidence to say it and mean it from the depths of our heart that, “I have no responsibility to live up to what other people think I ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”

 

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