Blessings You Never Knew You Had

Is there something about yourself that you thought was a flaw but turned out to be a blessing?

We all have them.

For me, it’s the fact that I’m an introvert. Growing up, school sucked. No one understood me and I didn’t understand myself. I wondered why I couldn’t just be “normal.” I was sick of being asked, “Why don’t you ever talk?” I literally made myself sick every morning with this insane nervousness. As soon as I’d wake up, my heart would pound and I’d lose my breath and my stomach would ache so bad. Still, to this day, I wake up with a knot in my stomach because what I experienced cut so deep that it just became what is.

Even now I still get asked what is wrong with me. Nothing is wrong with me. I’m just a different kind of person.

And if you ask me why I’m this way, I’d tell ya there’s a lot to it but for now, let’s just say that’s how I was made.

I like to think a lot. I like to be alone more than most people. It takes me a really long time to open up to someone and that means if you love me then you’ve stuck around long enough to truly see me. I like to be able to be who I am without someone making me think I’m doing something wrong. I like being who I am.

And even after all that, I’m still thankful I went through it because it’s forced me to dig deep and learn about myself. It’s forced me to figure out what my passions are and go after them even if people think it’s not what I’m “supposed” to do or it’s not the “normal” thing to do. It’s forced me to eventually realize that it’s okay to be who I am and to look at myself not as horribly flawed, but as wonderfully flawed and passionate and wild.

If I hadn’t gone through it all I feel like I wouldn’t have been able to look inside myself so deeply and ask myself these questions. I now follow my passions instead of doing what everyone else thinks is right. It makes me feel free.

Without some of our flaws we wouldn’t be where we are today. So that thing you wish you didn’t have could be what drives you. This “flaw” could be what pushes you to follow that path, the one that leads to great opportunities, ingenious ideas, and dreams.

What flaw of yours turned out to be a blessing? Can you think of any flaws that you could be thankful for? Or if you can’t be thankful this moment, is there a flaw that you might be thankful for in time?

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