Poem: You Are Enough
This is a poem that I wrote to my past self, a self that really struggled to see and believe in my own value as a person. It is a message to say, ‘You are enough’
I sometimes still feel like this. Not all the time. It can be really hard to believe that you are enough. So this is a message to my past self, but also a message to my present self, and my future self.
It’s hard to feel like you are enough when society seems to tell you that you are not.
It’s hard to feel like you are enough when the world tells you that what you have is not enough.
It’s hard to feel enough when you are constantly told that you need more. That your phone is too old. That your house is too small.
It’s hard to feel like you are enough when you are repeatedly told that the hole you feel deep inside comes from a lack of possessions, a lack of success, a lack of wealth.
It’s hard to feel like you are enough when the line between what is a need and what is a ‘should’ is so frustratingly blurred.
It’s hard to feel like you are enough when the value that you know you have is unable to translate into the economic system that surrounds you.
It’s hard to feel enough when the things that really matter cannot be tagged with a little blue thumbs up or a yellow smiling face, but instead rely on a deep, cultivated sense of self worth that is fostered within and by the love that surrounds you.
It’s hard to feel enough when the people around you don’t think that they are enough.
It’s hard to feel enough when the news tells you that you will probably have your job taken away by an immigrant or a robot.
It’s hard to feel enough when society tells you that you should count yourself lucky for even having that job.
It’s hard to feel enough when you live in a society that champions a belief in scarcity and closes it’s eyes and mind to a belief in abundance.
It’s hard to feel enough when you live in a world that is so disconnected from real and raw emotion.
It’s hard to feel enough in a society where to display vulnerability is seen as a sign of weakness, rather than the strength that it is.
It’s hard to feel enough when you have become an insignificant number in a small square on a career politicians spreadsheet.
It’s hard to feel enough when insincere megalomaniacs and resource sapping giants are rewarded and the people that sweat away on the front line fall through the cracks penniless and disillusioned.
It’s hard to feel enough when every day the world around you tells you that you are not enough.
But you are enough.
The world has made it hard for you to see that, but if you stop for a minute and listen, you will feel deep inside the knowing that you are.
That may not help right now, but it is that knowing that will eventually help you navigate this wilderness.
Stripped of your position, your job title, your role, your name, the clothes you wear, the possessions you own, the things that you do.
Separated from the mad fantasy that has somehow fashioned itself as an object reality,
You are enough.
As we climb down our career ladders, and invest in our connection with something more than our fear of being talked about over luke warm cappuccinos, it will become easier to see our enoughness.
You don’t need to do anything.
You don’t need to compete and seek growth.
You don’t need to believe any more that human nature is built on conflict and greed.
Once you can accept that each and everyone of us is born enough, then you can stop the destructive cycle of seeking approval.
When you can stare into the eyes of your neighbours, your friends and your perceived enemies and know that we are all enough, the world will be enough.
We will no longer need to invest money in escape plans to Mars.
We will no longer need to build walls made from fear.
We will no longer need to stockpile food in our underground bunkers.
We will no longer have to isolate ourselves off from the people that can help us.
We will no longer need to stay late at the office to earn our promotions.
We will no longer need to wait until someone grants us permission to live.
When we realise that we are all enough as we are, then we can begin to heal.
We can begin to let our natural abilities flow.
When we no longer need to compare or compete the real growth can begin.
I know it can be hard to see it,
But you are enough.
~Marcus Pibworth 2018