Julia Child had a rule that even if the pie looks funky, you serve it with a smile and without apology.
I love that rule. I love the idea of being proud of who you are and not making excuses or apologizing for it. I’ve heard a few stories lately of people feeling incomplete because they never finished college. Who cares? I think it’s more impressive that they worked their asses off to get to their position. Finishing college and getting a job seems like the easy route in comparison.
Similarly, if something great happens because you worked for it, that’s something to be proud of! Don’t say “it was nothing.” It’s not nothing. You baked that cake/finished school/earned that promotion. It’s OK to be proud of yourself.
Recently some friends have told me they like me better now than they did pre-therapy. Not that they disliked me before, they just enjoy me more now. This actually makes me really proud to hear. I worked hard to get here. And the truth is, I like me better now, too. No apologies.