FLAUNTING OUR FLAWS vol. 1 by Chuck Kelley
Most of us are hiders, over 70% of the population. I’ve spent the majority of my life hiding in plain sight and you probably have too. For me, it was appearing to be one way while desperately hiding its opposite, hoping that no one could see how hideous I believed myself to be. Sound familiar? Every spare moment, in cocoon, dedicated toward self perfection, fearing that chrysalis isn’t in the cards…
The roles and impossible standards that were assigned to many of us caused us to develop characters, personalities, to hide within for self preservation. Feeling so incredibly inferior, we believed that we had to project an image, a persona, whose capabilities surpassed those of the masses just to become acceptable. Projecting perfection or close to it, constantly having to maintain, protect and defend that image, while keeping others from seeing that it was all theatre, is soul crushing work…producing egomaniacs with inferiority complexes…time bombs.
Then the commercials, billboards and print ads served as constant reminders of how badly we’ve failed…TV, movies, books and games do the same. There’s no relief, no resting, no time out. No hope.
No hope of achieving the level of perfection that is asked of us, directly and subliminally. No wonder so many of us feel as if we’re losing our minds.
The funny thing is, though, when we slow down and really look at what we’re drawn to, inspired and compelled by, it’s significantly flawed people and stories about their lives and journey. Not the journey toward perfection, the journey toward self acceptance. When we have self acceptance the others either fall in line or we no longer care if they do or not. That is FREEDOM.
When we openly claim, as a matter of fact, our so called “flaws”, “shortcomings” and/or “limitations” we are instantly set free from any concerns and judgments surrounding them.
“Oh, that’s just me.” If ya got it, flaunt it!