It’s a story so many of us have grown up knowing and yet have we really read it. While on Internship and “becoming Real” myself my amazing supervisor at the time, Dr. Sidne Buelow, had me read the pages out loud. As Rabbit talked to the Skin Horse about what it means to be real I began to understand.
Life’s journey is to become more REAL. The bruises, broken hearts, and saggy body parts are a part of the beauty of becoming our REAL selves.
If life is always easy and has no change than how can we grow and become REAL. Becoming REAL is the process of change, overcoming challenges, and embracing the imperfection that is the beauty of life. All of our journies to become REAL are different.
Today I read this to a patient and we both teared as we reflected on her journey to be REAL. Being REAL is not easy but your perspective can make a difference with how one travels through their journey; much like the Skin Horse.
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
An excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams