Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Letting Go

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." ~Lao Tzu

I was born into a family of three daughters.  My whole life, I've been the funny one, the one in the middle who takes care of others and soothes the hurts of the day.  I was the smart one who became an engineer at a great school.  I was the responsible one.

And, I've always been the fat one.

I've written about it before, but shedding the titles of the past has always been a pretty big deal to me.  "What kind of girl are you?" and  "What kind of girl do you want to be?" are questions that I've always found pretty powerful to ask myself.

But what I don't think I've realized until late is that if I don't let go of my own ideas of how things should be, I'm living in the past.  And if I'm living in the past, I'm not making much of the now - or making much of the future that I could have.  I'm starting to realize that living like that isn't living much at all.

I'm not sure when I decided that being at a healthy weight wasn't for me, not really.  But I've believed that for as long as I can remember.  Thin, pretty people were for covers of magazines or bridal websites - not for people like me.
 
When you feel so low about who you are as a person, it's hard to feel like you're worth another diet, another go at healthy eating, a higher paying job, a more fulfilling life, or a healthy relationship.  You just believe that you're lucky for what you get - and you shouldn't expect to be given more.

But if you always believe that, you can never become anything different.  Despite all of your efforts.  And believe me, the only thing that I've done more times than I've quit diets is starting a new one.

I may not be posting often on this blog, but I am doing a lot of thinking about me, about how I got this way, about why I've struggled so much with weight loss, and about what it is that I really want.

Some days I'm closer to answers to those ponderings and some days I'm not.

What I can tell you is that I've made some huge progress in myself - lasting progress - over the past year.

I no longer think that I don't deserve a loving relationship.  I no longer believe that I'm not worth a happy life.  I no longer believe that suffering abuse as I did several times as a child was due to me being faulty to begin with.  And I no longer believe that my destiny is to be fat.

I'm letting go of feeding my emotions with food.  I'm letting go of my belief that I will always be that funny fat girl. 

I've spent the last three weeks at a job that is challenging and that I'm good at.  If I never felt worthy of higher pay and better perks than my previous job, I wouldn't have this one.  I'm realizing, while surrounded by smart, successful people, that I'm worthy of being employed there too.  In fact, they're lucky to have me join their team.

Changing jobs (and being successful with that change) has given me a whole new outlook on life.  I can't change the past, I can't change who I was. 

But letting go of my old beliefs about myself and about my life means that I'm opening up to the beauty of possibilities I've yet to be exposed to.

What about you - what aspects of yourself do you need to let go of?

7 Comments:

Brenda said...

I really like your statement: "if I don't let go of my own ideas of how things should be, I'm living in the past. And if I'm living in the past, I'm not making much of the now - or making much of the future that I could have. I'm starting to realize that living like that isn't living much at all."

Thanks for reminding me that this is a new journey, not a rehash of the past.

Jams said...

I'm so happy to hear that you're enjoying the new job! And that you're coming to the realization that living in the past doesn't do any good. I like to say - forgive, don't forget. Forgive ourselves for our past (thoughts, indiscretions, etc.). Don't forget them though, instead learn from it. What worked and what didn't. Learn how you can overcome obstacles, etc.

Keep on keeping on. You are an awesome woman!

Jackie said...

Beautiful, soul-filled post. Self-worth, I've discovered, is always in flux, changing, evolving, slipping, and soaring with various stages in life and various challenges. You're building a strong foundation of healthy self-esteem now that will help you for all the years to come. Our eyes are on the front of our heads for a reason. We're meant to look forward and keep moving and growing. Your new job was a step forward and a fulfilling step for you. May all of your steps forward be rewarding and happy.

Lanie Painie said...

I totally need to let go of wanting people to see me for who I really am. . . Most people will always see people as they want to see them. They have the right to be wrong and it's not my job to correct them.

As usual, awesome post!

Kelly White said...

What a wonderful post! I need to let go of the little, insecure, hurt, messed up girl inside me and let the real woman in me shine. I just blogged about self-image on my blog: http://fullupfeeling.blogspot.com/2011/03/whos-that-girl-looking-back-at-me.html. I am a middle child as well. I need to let go of taking care of everyone else and take care of myself.

Lynda with a Y said...

god what a beautiful post. I'm saving this one!

DePuy Attorney said...

Wonderful post! I really like this quote "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." Being a lawyer in Houston I see many people always see people as they want to see them.