“Our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” -Brene Brown
A certain level of fear and vulnerability occurs when we expose our genuine selves. Will the fact that we appear flawed cause others to turn away from accepting us? We will find that when we aim to be authentic rather than perfect, we open the path to being relatable. Our commonality as humans is that we possess limitations. Therefore, hiding this only separates us not only others but from ourselves. There is no greater connection than with those that can empathize with our raw but shared difficulties. True belonging is thus dependent on the degree to which we are able to honor our real beings and bare it to others.
Do you feel that you will be more liked by others if you appear to be without flaws? If so, reflect upon this question: Can we really connect with others if we appear perfect and unable to understand to their struggles?