As a child growing up, I accepted other people’s beliefs as my own, beliefs that were right for them, living those beliefs as if they were my own.
Like me, you may also have been expected to take on those beliefs unconditionally, without question. My parents’ beliefs became my beliefs. They were beliefs given to them by their parents, never questioned by them and never questioned by me until I started to question them.
Although I wasn’t in a position to change my beliefs until I left home, I was aware of just how much of my life wasn’t my own. And although it would go on to take me time to start working on my life, my beliefs remained steadfast.
Over the years, it became clear to me that my beliefs were different to those I’d been taught. I was beginning to think outside the box. Although I began to accept the different version of me, accepting what felt right for me, it didn’t go down well with everyone else.
I also knew that as I was emotionally and spiritually changing that change would begin to impact others’ idea of me and that would become my biggest struggle. I just didn’t know how much of a struggle it would become. But living with my own truth was something I needed to do, even if others didn’t agree with my beliefs.
Growing up, it is important we keep an open mind on our beliefs, or inevitably we will begin to shut out the truth. Of course, shutting out the truth becomes another person’s truth, not yours.