If you don’t allow yourself to be seen, nobody gets to judge you. The lack of sight presumes the lack of existence. And if you do not exist, nor do your flaws. What a great place to be. That is, until the flaws that you purposely neglect begin to eat you alive.
You have to let yourself be seen. Imperfections and all. So you can acknowledge the parts of your life that are extremely lacking. At least, by doing that, you have a fighting chance at making things better, or at a bare minimum, a little less worse than things need to be.
And hopefully, by doing so, you can actually get better. Despite your long run of misses and failures. You could get better. Despite your imperfections and desire to hide. You could gain momentum, no matter how slowly, and begin to carve out the life you want to live.
But that requires you to be honest. That requires you to be truthful. That requires you to take responsibility for your life. That requires you to allow yourself to be seen, even if the only person looking is yourself.
by Jason Lam