“The older I get, the more I realize how much time I’ve spent believing the lie that I’m not good enough,” wrote 42-year-old Gaines alongside a childhood photo. “I struggle to get back all the time – all of the moments when I hid who I was, trying to be something I wasn’t.”
Joanna Gaines reflected on her legacy when she published her second children’s book. (Photo by: Getty Images)
The mother of five continued, “As I sit here and live and study for years, I really want to go back in time to this little girl – a little girl who is half Korean and shy and a little bit confident – around her to say that it is not only good enough but also extraordinary. I want to go back and tell her to be kind to herself because the world needs exactly who she is supposed to be. “
“And believe me when I say that this also applies to you. I hope you find the courage to embrace everything you are – all your quirks, all your beauty, all your brilliance – because the world needs YOU, ”she added.
“My mother is Korean and my father is Caucasian. Kids in kindergarten would make fun of me for being Asian and when you’re that old you don’t really know how to deal with that. The way you take this is, “Who I am is not good enough,” shared the 42-year-old. “Fast forward to today and my Korean heritage is one of the things I’m especially proud of. I try to make up for this lost time – the culture is just so beautiful. I think figuring out who you are and what you were made to be is a lifelong journey. “
Gaines noted that “Finding out who you are and what you were made to be is a life-long journey.”
“It seems like a question we all ask ourselves at different times of the year in our lives, and for many of us it begins when we are children,” she continued. “I also think it seems too intimidating for some to try to answer them because it feels like a daunting question. But the nice thing is that we are all on this great adventure together. “
Gaines added, “We’re all in the process trying to find out. Each of us brings our own stories, strengths and personalities to the table. And even though it’s imperfect and constantly evolving, I’ve found that it’s more beautiful that way. The world is better off when we all lean in and fight to maintain the unique goodness within us all. “