“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.”
-Margery Williams (1881-1944), The Velveteen Rabbit
One of the most beloved children’s stories, _The Velveteen Rabbit_ teaches us what is Real and how to become Real. Spiritually speaking, this is a wonderful book for children to read.
We become Real by being loved. Being loved entails a lot of cuddling and a little bit of trauma! The result of being loved for so long is looking shabby. But the shabbiness of being loved doesn’t matter at all, since only those who don’t understand don’t see the beauty of being Real.
Love your wrinkles and your gray or balding head. Love your deepening voice. Love your warped sense of humor. Love the way you like things just so. Love yourself for the Real person you are, and if others don’t understand, then it’s okay. The beauty of being Real is more important.