I say sorry a lot. It is part being Canadian, but also part how I have always been. I say sorry for something so bizarre as stubbing my toe, or as major as being blunt when I should not be. It is what it is. But this is not the same as being unapologetic in life.
If you had asked me a few years ago if I was living my life freely or being unapologetic, I would have said no. The “care what the people say” idea was far too ingrained in my head. Now, well not as much thankfully.
So what is being unapologetic? Simple : Stop being sorry for who you are as a person, as a human, and as a personality. Simple to say of course, hard to put in practice. What I learned though, was that constantly thinking of thoughts like “being perfect”, “being appropriate”, are just ways of self-destruction and self mutilation of our self-esteem. Now, that were a lot of hard words jumbled together, but what it really means is that we should never apologize for who we are. We are all different people, even if we belong to the same culture, country, family, belief, or group of friends. Understanding and acknowledging these differences is difficult, I understand, but it is the most liberating feeling- trust me.
It means owning up to your flaws, your quirks, your qualities and your weirdness. Being honest, upfront, straightforward, admitting mistakes and just being- is how we become unapologetic. It is a long process, but deserves our full and complete attention. There will be many hurdles, many stop signs but you should never give up. We deserve to make the most of who we are, and that is not possible if we are constantly thinking about how to please others, how to be perfect or how to pretend to be someone we are not.
So, my friends, own up to who you are, do not be afraid to express yourself, and enjoy experiences as they come. We all make mistakes, there is no such thing as a perfect human being. Because if there was a perfect human being, we would be robots and not our different unique personalities.