Pete Egoscue dedicated a book The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion: "to all those people who knew what was wrong with them, but were told they did not; to all those people who knew what to do about it, but were told they could not; and to all those people who tried to tell someone, but were told they should not."
We've been told through-out our lifetimes we must have permission.
Permission to go outside, stand, sit, play, work, express, believe, speak, think, create, do, be, exist, ____________ <-- (insert your verb here).
When we were littler, permission came from an outside source. And in most cases it had a purpose -- to help us survive physiologically until we could develop our own perceptual filter and exercise choice.
As we grew, we learned to ask why.
If those around us had unclouded filters, they answered those whys coherently leading you to your next step of growth -- learning to give ourselves permission.
(Also known as self-responsibility.)
If those around us had clouded filters, or they didn't know the "whys" themselves, they answered incoherently in ways leading you to keep depending on outside sources for permission ... society, groups, institutions, dieties, _________ <-- (insert the noun of your choice).
(Also known as abdication of self-responsibility.)
This is not a concept for sissies. It takes courage to examine. And, it takes courage to act on.
"Few people in this world know what their real strength is. Many see only the part of their power that floats like the visible segment of an iceberg and forget the vastly greater part sunk beneath the surface of the water." (Thank you Koichi Tohei for verbalizing that in a way I couldn't yet come up with!)
It's okay for you to understand and nurture yourself. It's okay for you to listen to your body. It's okay for you to listen to your mind. It's okay for you to listen to your spirit.
It's okay for you to be responsible for your self and/or Self.
Start asking why.