I need you to be ok with me exactly as I am. I’m not going to radically change in the next five minutes, so who I am is who you have to deal with.
This is me: all my faults, past mistakes, recent failures, tears I’ve shed and held back.
This is me: celebrations, dances, joys, cheerful memories, laughs I’ve shared and contained.
This is me.
Do you see me? Do you see my scars? Do you see my healing?
Do you see me limping or skipping? Your perception is based on interpretation anyway.
Do you see how far I’ve grown and how far I have come from that one time we know about? (Or those six times?)
Do you see what I could be? Where I could go? What I could do?
And if you do, are you only going to accept me once I get there—wherever there is—or can we work at accepting each other right now, in this moment?
I’m working at meeting you exactly where you are, right now.
I’m learning to accept you exactly as you are, right now.
I’m living into loving exactly who you are, right now.
I don’t know what the future has in store for us, but if we see each other as we really are, right now, I imagine that our future together will be all the brighter.
We will have hidden less from each other.
I want to hide less from you. But I don’t always know if you would accept me for who I am, who I really am, when the bright lights shine and all our masks are shattered.
I want to be exactly me when I am with you. No pretend, no pretense, no pretension. No make believe, no deception, no grand claims.
Only me. Scars, hopes, and all.
Only you. Scars, hopes, and all.
If we see each other for who we are, exactly as we are right now, we see truth.
I love truth.
I wrote this reflection as a response to my thoughts engaged with this poem.