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A few months ago, I had a conversation with a woman whose words really struck a chord in my heart. She’s just like the rest of us. She goes through phases where she feels as confident as ever, and others where she feels just downright horrible about herself. She told me about how her insecurities really took over when she was in college.
Every day, whether it was a chilly 40 or a balmy 80 degrees, she would wear a trench coat and never take it off. She felt so ashamed of her outward appearance, that she wore this coat to cover her body. When people would ask, “Why don’t you ever take your coat off?” She would answer, “I’m just cold.”
But she wasn’t cold. She wanted to make sure that no one else would see the very thing she disliked about herself. My heart broke as I listened to this story because I’ve felt this same way so many times throughout my life, and I’m sure you have too. I wished so badly that I could go back in time and tell this girl that she deserved to feel confident at any size, and didn’t need to hide behind a trench coat. Finally, she decided it was time to take off the coat. She began to realize this was ridiculous, and was no way to live. She chose to develop a healthy lifestyle, and learned to love herself. I’m glad that trench coat finally came off. I mean, they’re cute for certain times of the year, but after a while, I feel like people would assume she was pretending to be a detective or something.
What’s your trench coat? Is there something you hide behind to cover up parts of yourself that you dislike? Maybe you’re insecure about your body, and you wear things to cover your problem areas, just like the girl in the trench coat. Maybe your problem comes from within. Maybe you feel like your personality isn’t interesting enough, so you hide behind drugs or alcohol in the attempt to fit in. Maybe you come across as extra flirtatious around guys and hide behind the most revealing clothing you can find, because you feel as though no man will desire you otherwise.
I’m not here to judge you, but I am here to tell you that you don’t need to do those things. At a young age, I was taught that if there’s something you don’t like about yourself that you can change, change it! If there’s something that you can’t change, embrace it! We don’t need to hide behind a trench coat or anything else that takes away from who we really are. Maybe someday we’ll lose those few extra pounds, or we’ll learn to be a little more outgoing, or we’ll find that man of God that we’ve been waiting for. In the meantime, don’t hide. Don’t hide behind something that takes away from who you are, because who you are is pretty amazing.
Take off that trench coat, and go out into the world to serve as the unique individual you were crafted to be.
“You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother. I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.”