Yes, it’s true.
I want you to like my stuff.
I want you to think I’m cool.
I want to be accepted by the tribe.
I want to be heard, to be seen, to matter.
I want to be included, loved and admired.
I want to inspire others and have an audience that anticipates the things that I say and share.
In the past I’ve acted like I don’t care. But I do care. I care a lot.
I used to think that it wasn’t healthy or good to want to be liked, or to want attention. That you should rise above and transcend this lowly human defect.
But the truth is that it’s a basic human desire and need. It’s healthy, especially when you love and accept yourself first.
So, I accept my humanness, I accept that hunger for acceptance and recognition.
I wish I could say that I’m not attached to it. I’m not there yet. I check Facebook and Instagram for likes in the hopes that I am validated just as much as you do.
I don’t want this to drive my behavior, always. I desire to serve and give from my heart, and trust that I will be seen and appreciated as a result. That’s the place I most truly want to operate from.
I don’t think it’s good or healthy to try to kill your desire to be liked and seen. But it should be subordinated by your deeper desires to serve and grow.
I aim to show up more in that space.
But for now, I’d rather be real…
I want you to like me.
PS: I would feel more validated if you left a comment to show that you liked this.