"You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves..." ---Mary Oliver
I carry this poem around with me and refer to it often. To me it feels much like a home port does for a sailor. Grounding and safe! It reminds me, at age 64, to show my real authentic self to the world and let that be enough. With all the imperfections, passion and whatever wisdom I have accumulated.
It's not always perfect but it is grounding and safe.