It’s something that many of us want, to be seen, to be heard, to be acknowledged. Yet it is the very thing that scares many of us to our core. The only thing scarier than our true desire, is the reality of getting it.
Why? Being seen, heard, acknowledged are all rights we have as human beings. Yet it is such a friendly concept to us. Many of us have simply been ignored, dismissed or mocked. We have been rejected, hurt,criticized. Yet we all rally together to talk about self-love, and the importance of being kind.
But, when push comes to shove, reality sets in, and the competition to be seen continues.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that this only affects some, or that those who are cruel are a subset of people. We have all been on both sides of this story. What matters now, is how we continue, if we begin to truly see others and how we choose to be seen.
Being seen is not just about physically being seen by others. It is not just about having other people cast their eyes over us, skimming out outward appearance and making an awkward eye contact before we, and they quickly glance away. Being seen is tied to being vulnerable, to show others our true self, to standing strong in our truth, and showing the world who we are.
I have the honor of knowing people who allow themselves to be seen, who stand in their truth regardless of what else is happening around them. I also have met people who have not. Who run into the shadows when eyes begin to glance their way. Often hiding behind a need to be seen. The people who actively push themselves out into the world, showing a specific facade, in the hopes that the truth does not show. Hiding in plain sight, showing the world one thing, to ensure they do not see the real them.
But being seen in your truth is one of the most empowering things I have witnessed. It is one of the most self-honoring decisions you can make. In taking that step to be seen, you take a step closer to walking your truth.
See, if there is one thing I have learnt, is talking about your truth, is not the same as knowing it, it is not the same as walking it, and it is not the same as living a life which is aligned with your highest good, your true path, and your heart.
So this week, as you move throughout different places, as you interact with others, as you sit alone, consider… in those moments are you being seen? Are you showing your truth? Are you walking your truth?
Are you allowing others in? Or racing to hide in the shadows? Are others inviting you to stand tall, or are they pushing you down?
Being see is one of the hardest things you can do, because it isn’t about being seen. It is about being true.