This year is my year of letting go. One of the hardest parts is letting go of myself. I hold on really tightly so I don't do anything wrong. I worry about what people will think of me and what they will say. I worry about what I write and about how the world will perceive it. I hate people looking at me, and I absolutely HATE having my picture taken because then I have to change the way I see myself with the way the photo sees me. I spend forever tearing apart the picture and all the things wrong with it. This picture would be a perfect example. There are so many things I could say about what's wrong with it. Mandy loves it because I look happy...and I was happy in that moment, with my family, Tyler's "celebrations" on my head, celebrating the 4th of July. I am letting go of the imperfections I see in me and seeing myself through her eyes - happy.