In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had conversations with a few people who are “working on themselves.” Whether it be improving their physical, emotional, or even mental health. This has made me realize that sometimes “working” on ourselves doesn’t mean that life stops. Change doesn’t happen over night. It takes a lot of work from the inside out.

As we go on with our lives, other people come in and out. We are not always in control on what will occur during our lives. However, I do believe strongly that we are only in control of how we react to life occurrences.

A younger friend was telling me the other day that she needs to resolve some issues before she falls in love again. I wanted to tell her that issues don’t just go away. You work through them. Sometimes people in our lives help us with them, and other times they may even bring out things to light that we are not conscious of. Waiting until we feel “polished” or perfect can take years or never happen. It all depends on so many things.

Yet, I wonder, why do we always feel that we need to edit ourselves? Is it possible that we are just who we need to be at this moment? Daily experiences change us or they lead us to learn more about ourselves. People teach us. Every day we learn something if we just live, and open our minds and our souls. Movies, books, stories, art are all edited, which means that they reach a final stage at some point. We as humans constantly change, and grow. I think that I rather remain “unedited,” “a work in progress,” “always evolving,” but never stop living. The world needs us as we are, right at this moment.

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

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