Accepting ourselves means being happy and confident that we know who we are and what we, not only want from life, but what we are prepared to give to life. We are realistic about our imperfections and shortcomings, but feel these are just something everybody has to be a balanced human being. This realization also enables us to be free from the restrictions others may attempt to impose on us. However, not all of us are this fortunate, perhaps through another’s interventions or actions, to be able to do this. The first step to being free to be who you are, is to be aware and admit that you are NOT free and consequently take the steps you need to in order to rectify this.