Most of you see yourselves through the eyes of others seeing you. ~ Abraham Hicks
I recently immersed myself in a saga of the HBO show Girls. It was so rich with outlandish humor, sharply truthful moments and beautiful insights on SelfLove. In one episode, the main character, Hannah, crosses paths with a girl she went to undergraduate school with. Hannah had recently left her graduate program and walked away from writing completely, leaving her feeling unaccomplished and not good enough on a number of levels. She admits to Tally, who's published multiple books and received nationwide acclaim in the four years since they graduated, how jealous she is. How massively inadequate she feels for not having achieved any sort of anything with her writing. Tally confesses that she can't imagine why anyone would be jealous of her. She discloses that she spends her days self-doubting, getting high and Google-ing herself to define who she is by what the world thinks of her.
"I need to see how other people see me, because it's the only way I can see myself," Tally tearfully admits.
It made me think of all the actions I've taken, because I thought it'd look good on paper. How not good enough I've felt when I've compared my process to others' accolades. How freeing it is to believe in my passion, without the need or desire to hear anyone else's opinion about it. How much we all wonder who we are by the world's standards. How high we can fly if we really see ourselves, in all the creative, unlimited potential that we are.