As I’ve gotten older, my priorities have changed. When I was young and unsure of myself, I hung out with people who made me feel important, fueled my ego. Sometimes I was lifted up, other times pushed down. It mattered not to me. I simply wanted to feel.
I had no idea of my value as a woman. Those traits I used to assume were “innate” I now understand are not. Strength, beauty, independence, intelligence and grace can be present but unseen. I’m not talking about “female swagger” or “personal branding.” I mean the deeper understanding of why I am on the planet.
We all have our challenges, those defining moments of clarity creating the collage of who we are. Most of mine have come by way of pain simply because I mistakenly believed the only way to learn was to suffer. Thankfully this is no longer my Truth.
Today I have a God who loves and is personal to me, daughters who are growing into strong women, a husband who is my rock, parents a phone call away and friends who notice when I’m not in my happy place.
Better yet, I have a place in my heart for my inner child. That girl who grew up afraid of her shadow, trying to be what she thought everyone wanted, when all she needed to be was her beautiful self. Today we blossom together. Today I look in the mirror and know I Am Enough.