20 Reasons Why I Like Me: The Power of Positivity and Self Appreciation

I want to start by saying that I have borrowed this format from Joy at Pinkoddy so I can take part in her Health Hop blog hop.  While I feel sure I shall be participating in weeks to come, given that health, or lack thereof is ever present in my life, I really didn’t want to pass up the opportunity for getting some positivity flowing through my life, my soul, and my blog.
The concept itself is actually from Kuhn (1960) – which is my fiancés (and soon to be my) surname.  This was another thing that made me pay real close attention to Joys 20 Reasons Why I like Me Post.  Kuhn hypothesises that the 20 statements test is a measure of self.  The test is unusual for a psychological study, in that it’s format is that of open ended questions, with respondents completing statements beginning with I am…
I shall… endeavour to do this, and would encourage you to do so to, and link up with Joys Health Hop by following the link in the button at the bottom if this post.

  1.  I am… who I appear to be.  I like to think I don’t hide behind a mask anymore, as I did when younger.  For good or for ill I wear my heart on my sleeve.
  2. I am… open to new experiences.  They still scare me, but I have done so many wonderful things by stepping outside of my comfort zone that I keep doing it, and more often than not it is totally worth any anxiety.
  3. I am… unafraid to love.  The feeling of loving someone is huge, those feelings could fill your soul to the brim. This is why losing a loved one can make you feel so very empty.  Some people develop a hard shell, an armour after one to many broken hearts.  I never thought it would happen to me but I love J with all my heart.  If I lost him, it would all be worth it just for the experience of having loved him.
  4. I am… not afraid to admit when I am wrong.  I am however very aware that I am very driven by fear, which is coming out in what I write.  I choose not to self edit as this is an area I know I need to work on.
  5. I am…  not afraid of hard work.  Okay, so maybe I can’t do all I used to, but when it comes to ploughing through and doing something I set my mind to, I fully commit.  If anything I am prone to obsession and will stay up all night making sure things are done.
  6. I am… kind.  I’d like to think I treat others as I would like to be treated.  There is no reason for unkindness, there is enough hatred in this world.
  7. I am… a good listener.  Though social anxiety can have me flapping my gums at times, I like to think that I take the time to listen to others too, especially when they are in times of need.
  8. I am… a survivor.  A battered and war-torn body perhaps, and a mind that can take me to dark places, but I’m still standing, despite a life without the comfort and stability afforded to many others.
  9. I am… well read.  I would like to think this gives me perspective and keeps me well informed.  It also keeps those neurons firing.
  10. I am… an autodidact.  Despite more formal education than many, I believe that school served mostly to teach me how to pass tests.  I find the things I learn exploring the richness of life and the lives of others afford far more genuine knowledge.
  11. I am… a good friend.  Naturally self-conscious I find it hard to make friends.  Despite this once I connect with someone, they have a friend for life.
  12. I am…  a good Mum.  I have parented my children through some really difficult life circumstances, and have always done what I have believed to be right by them.
  13. I am… a good wife.  Not quite a wife yet I know, but I believe I am a kind and caring partner.  I am also aware that I am pretty co-dependent and often define myself by my relationships with others.
  14. I am…  not afraid to laugh at myself.  For me, this is essential.  There are times in life when we can laugh or cry.  Sometimes crying is cathartic, but in times of utter frustration I find laughter melts away negative emotion far quicker than tears.
  15. I am… intelligent.  This is a hard one for me, as the MS often steals my brain, or at least my thoughts and words.  I try to remember that beneath it all I am still the same person, capable of learning and of sharing thought, when the MS allows me.
  16. I am… independent.  As far as my disability allows me to be.  There are many things I need help with, but with that necessary help, I am independent, almost fiercely so. 
  17. I am…  not afraid to ask for help.  This one took me a long time to learn.  Though I can be stubborn sometimes, I know it is in everyone’s best interests for me to ask for help, whether it is for a practical or an emotional matter.
  18. I am…  not done living life yet!  There are so many things I still want to experience, and I’m not going to let my disabilities stand in my way.
  19. I am… a champion for others. Where possible, I do try and make the best use of the soapbox I like to stand on (so to speak) and use it to champion others who are experienced or are experiencing the things that inspire me to campaign for change.
  20. I am… enough! I am good enough.  I always have been, whatever I have been told over the years.
And that’s it.  That’s me, in 20 statements.  I hope you got something from reading, and once again urge you to join in.  I have to say it’s extremely cathartic!

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