When you tell me that there are aspects of my personality
You find really unattractive
I want you to know
Every single flaw you perceive in me
I have seen and examined in myself
A thousand times more closely
A thousand times more harshly
And found terrible a thousand times greater
Than you ever could.
I have spent years disliking
Or hating what I saw in the mirror
I still have far to travel as I heal
So I would gently request
You not remind me how ugly I’ve been
I am painfully aware
I like it!
That’s the part about being in touch with one’s feelings that no one wants to talk about. You can’t have empathy without first practicing introspection. Being open means being exposed. Keep being your best self until your critics start asking you how you do it.