I was talking with a friend today about friendships and the “realness” we experience within them. We were saying how at times we feel like we might be more quiet or introverted in situations with friends where we know we should really open up and “be ourselves.” However, even in circles of close-knit relationships we hesitate to do so for fear of – I don’t know, judgment? ridicule? rejection?
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a group of friends, although all different, who can TOTALLY be themselves, flaws, imperfections, failures and all and still be nothing but love and support? I think a lot of women especially have experienced rejection at some point in a relationship and therefore hold themselves back from these types of relationships for fear of being hurt again. I love my friends. I have some of the best friends in this world, yet something in me always holds back from letting me be me. I think part of it is the enemy using our insecurities to make us feel fear in vulnerability and authenticity. Will my friends love me the way I am with my flaws and all?