I encourage everyone to embrace who you are. We don't need to feel guilt or shame from our failures, we need to embrace them, share them and move on from them. Celebrate the good stuff and don't be afraid to share your struggles. You will be amazed at the doors it opens and the support it brings.
As much as I had longed for an apology from my father for all of those years, I had never really thought it was possible. But by finding my own compassion for him, I had broken down everything that needed to be broken within him.