For years now I've been spending a lot of my recreational time reading inspirational books, listening to motivational podcasts and basically consuming every thought provoking piece of media I come across. Self awareness and self improvement have always been an interest area.
A common theme that is popping up lately is the concept of belonging. Researcher and author Brené Brown has built an entire career around researching belonging and vulnerability. She has shared her findings through her many books, which are all fabulous by the way. I'd highly recommend picking up one of them if you're interested in the topic.
In her book Daring Greatly she says, "“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
Read that again.
I understand this to mean that we will never achieve a full sense of belonging if never fully accept ourselves.
It's a powerful statement.