I am a very different person from the young girl I was many years ago. Some people have the good fortune of knowing who they are from an early age but I was not one of those people. I lived a life I thought I wanted but I had not been honest with myself. The path I was following was carved by what others needed from me but not from what I needed for myself. It wasn’t until many years later that I gave myself permission to be me.
As I shifted through the years, the things I used to tolerate have become intolerable. Where once I held my tongue, my voice is now louder than ever and I feel confident in my opinion. I now value my voice and am no longer willing to remain silent. This part of me always existed but never had the courage to be present. This strength of character finally gave itself permission to exist and defined the person I always knew I was meant to be.
I recently saw a meme on Facebook and that innocuous comment turned into this blog post. Life changes. Sometimes we stick to the original plan, but sometimes we realize that the path we were meant to follow went in a different direction and it just took us a while to catch up.
I spent many years catching up to the person I am today and I am very happy with who I have become. I have finally embraced the change in myself and recognized it as a strength and not a weakness. Of all of the dreams I had for myself as a teenager, I could not be more proud of the person I am now and can only hope I have the courage to continue to live by the beliefs that I currently have. Now, more than ever, I believe I am me for a reason.