“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” – Benjamin Franklin
Apologizing is a big thing, it takes a level of humility and grace to apologize and the same level of humility and grace to accept an apology. If there is so much pressure around it, aggression has been built up, and more. Why do we forget to apologize to ourselves?
Sayings sorry can be one of the most difficult things a human can do, we like to be seen as strong and knowledgeable but saying sorry knocks down all of those walls. It takes a lot of self-awareness and courage, so much so that some never or rarely apologize.
So, if we have this thing that is big and powerful it might be worth offering it to ourselves. Maybe a time when you let others influence you and didn’t trust your own feelings. Or when you didn’t give yourself the care or the love that you needed to get through a challenging time. Or it is a time when you were dishonest with yourself about what you wanted out of life.
Take some time and reflect on times when you were your own worst enemy and offer an apology to yourself, say sorry to yourself. It can be to who you were six months ago, six years ago, or even six hours ago.
We all deserve an apology, we all deserve the closure and healing that the word sorry creates. If you can give that love to yourself, do it. There is nothing stopping you and nothing getting in your way besides yourself.
There is beauty in saying sorry, don’t forget to say sorry to yourself.