Does it take courage to grow up and become who you really are?

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This quote really touched me because I feel it describes me so well.

The child

I remember as a child wondering about myself and all the others around me, trying to understand what they were doing and saying, and even more interestingly .. why it was like that. It felt rather lonely, not to be able to ask the right questions, or so it seemed, because the feeling of being misunderstood or irritating was always lurking around the corner. I hope you enjoy the song posted here, it is very uplifting. Here comes the sun

The forties

It was only in my forties that the meaning of HSP started to dawn upon me. I found an interesting description on the Internet (with thanks):

Description of HSP

Emotionally, Highly Sensitive People (HSP) are mainly seen as shy, introverted and socially inhibited (or can be socially extroverted). They are often acutely aware of other’s emotions. Sensitive people learn early in life to mask their wonderful attributes of sensitivity, intuition and creativity.

Physically, HSPs may have low tolerance to noise, glaring lights, strong odors, clutter and/or chaos. They tend to have more body awareness of themselves and know instinctually when the environment they are in is not working for them.

Socially, introverted HSP may feel like misfits. They actually enjoy their own company and are totally comfortable being alone. Both introverted and socially extroverted HSP often find they need time alone to recover after social interactions.

Psychologically, HSPs compensate for their sensitivity by either protecting themselves by being alone too much, or, by trying to be ‘normal’ or sociable which then over-stimulates them into stress.

Work and career is particularly challenging for HSPs. They are often overlooked for promotions even though they are usually the most conscientious employees. They are excellent project oriented employees because they are responsible and thorough in their work.

Relationships can be difficult. In relationships they may be confronted with their unresolved personal issues. They can however, offer their partner the gifts of their intuitive insights.

Culturally, HSPs do not fit the tough, stoic and outgoing ideals of modern society and what is portrayed in the entertainment media.

Childhood wounds have a more devastating effect on HSPs. It is important for them to heal their past hurts because they cannot just forget them and go on in denial.

Spiritually, sensitive people have a greater capacity for inner searching. This is one of their greatest blessings.

Nutritionally, HSPs may need more simplicity in their diet. They may be vitally aware of the effects of food on the health of their body and their emotional stability.

The 60’s and 70’s

Well, here I am, fitting in the profile, in the ongoing process of accepting and being myself, understanding that living and discovering about life is an on going process.

How should I regard this process?

Should I call it: Life? Enjoying being a citizen of the world? Claiming my place in society?

The end

My answer to “does it take courage to grow up and become who you really are” is a sincere “yes”.

All the best on your journey, wherever it takes you and remember there is always the sun, the light and insight.

With love,

Juliet Joan