In the spirit of a blog about the changing meaning of quotes and aphorisms I thought I would start things off lightly with a tale about personal transformation.
This week marked a new chapter in my life: I decided to let things go! To be exact, I stopped caring about how others perceived me and took back control of my life. Rather than following my typical 'bite tongue then swallow pride' conviction I paused, breathed deeply, and released all fear of consequences.
I stood up for myself when no one thought I would. It was liberating! And just like this quote implies, that fear in the pit of my stomach at staying silent for a minute longer convinced me more than anything of how necessary it was to let my voice ROAR!
Keeping silent to give others comfort or power over me had left me quite simply, tired and chained. Standing up for myself, for what I thought was right, and for what I believed in felt important and the calmness that followed was exhilarating. I felt free! For the first time, in a long time, I felt free.
We often forget that each and every single one of us has the strength and courage to become the heroes or heroines of own stories. All we need is to find the voice within us that beckons to be heard. When you find it, cultivate it. Cherish it with everything you have for it will be the most powerful tool you will ever have!
Happy Birthday Dad! This one's for you. Thanks for the lessons and for all the wonderful memories. I miss you with all my heart.