At age 20, I was given the feedback that I didn’t get my first internship because I was wearing sparkly brown nail polish. “Interview was great, but nail polish was unacceptable.” This was the feedback the interviewer gave the career counselor at my college.
Ever since then, my nails have been impeccably polished with “acceptable” colors. Thirty plus years of nail polish and a pandemic later, I’ve come to love my natural nails. I rub organic castor oil into them 1-2 times a week and that’s it.
It’s liberating. I feel like I’ve shed that stigma of the past. Loving yourself means your whole self and not cherry-picking certain things.
What is your little revelation? How are you loving your whole self? If you’re not, why not? This is worth some contemplation.
“Too many of us move through our lives with our true selves
buried below layers of repressed emotion. With so much
energy channeled toward sustaining the repression,
there is little left over for the deeper questions.
The consequences of our evasion are profound.
Our stockpiles toxify into a cache of weapons
that turn inward against the self:
quick fix, long suffering.
As Rumi said, “Most people guard against the fire,
and so end up in it.”
This is the power of then. If we don’t deal with our stuff,
it deals with us.”
― Jeff Brown, Soulshaping: A Journey Of Self Creation