I used to be under the misimpression that I was the only one who struggled with myself. Everyone else around me seemed like they had their life together, and so it seemed like something was wrong with me. I longed for someone else to reveal their messiness so I didn’t feel alone in mine. It took me a while to build relationships with vulnerable and honest people, but once I did, I saw clearly that in revealing their imperfections to me, it gave me permission and safety to show my imperfections to them. This felt wonderful and relieving and helped me build a more loving relationship with myself. When we don’t hide, we offer validation, permission and deeper connection to the people around us. Your imperfections are a gift and an invitation for something deeper.