Who are you showing up as everyday?
Is it the real you or is it a representative?
Do you even know the real you?
These are the questions I ask myself daily as I strive to see and acknowledge “me.” It’s important. It helps me stay grounded in my purpose. It helps me keep my position in plain sight.
For years I struggled with feeling visibly invisible. I was there. People saw past me but their eyes were never laid on me. My representative was in the room but I was never present.
Until I began to see myself.
I now know that keeping myself visibly invisible was a defense mechanism and an excuse. Seeing myself required me to acknowledge flaws, faults as well as my purpose and potential. Seeing myself meant holding myself accountable.
Seeing myself meant dismissing my representative. It required me to show up authentically, each and every day.
Now I’m not going to lie. Doing the work to see yourself is difficult. It can bring up trauma and pain. It can cause you to have to face some hard truths. But you know what else is hard?
Standing by while your representative makes a half hearted attempt to live YOUR life.
So do the work. See yourself. Be determined to live your life VISIBLY visible.