My big lesson for the year has not just learning to accept myself in a deeper sense, but accept that others may or may not be able or even want to accept me.
Those are are pretty big lessons. I think I have relearned them several times over now. Each time at a deeper level than before. Always a little startling to realize that what I thought I knew was only scratching the surface.
These two lessons have more to do with growth than you might realize. Growth comes not just with age, or education, it can also come from experience. Some lessons have to be learned before others.
We are more inclined to follow a predetermined path because it looks easier than forging our own. Those easier paths can be deceiving. How one person arrives at their best is not necessarily the right way for everyone headed in the same direction.