This realization didn't come all at once. It was a journey of small steps. Steps like attempting a creative project instead of telling myself I'm not creative enough. Steps like wearing a head-wrap instead of being jealous of others bold enough to "pull that off". Then little by little I became comfortable in my own skin. I was able to stay centered (or get re-centered) no matter what life threw at me. I began enjoying each day more fully. Best of all as I stopped spending so much time comparing and berating myself I found time to spend accepting, loving and sharing with others. I can care for others more truly now instead of being jealous of them or intimidated by them. That is an amazing gift this journey has brought.
So go ahead world, drop your defenses. Love from your heart. Let people in to see the true you. Open up to vulnerability. And yes, be bonafide. There will be pain along the way, but all in all I highly recommend the journey. And I'd love to hear what you've learned on yours.