I’ve wanted to quit on myself so many times in my life. Especially, when I felt I’m finally getting somewhere or making real progress.
You see, it’s not when times are hard that scare me the most; I was raised on hard times. I know how to handle those situations, because I know what the rules of that game are.
What I don’t know how to deal with very well, is when I rise higher and higher above the pit I was raised to believe I belong in.
When I feel my light growing brighter, I find myself navigating completely different waters that I sometimes feel I have no business being in. In these new levels, I don’t speak the language, I don’t walk the walk, I don’t dress the part. But I do know, that I deserve better for myself. So, I use the skills I have from the madness I grew up in, and let that fear propel me forward, just as I learned back when I was purely in survival mode all those years. I allow the fear to take me to the levels I’m afraid of reaching.
Now, each time I crush a barrier, break into a circle, or forge a new way on my own, I remind myself that my purpose in life is to show others that it’s possible; that you can overcome the things that happen “to you,” that you can do it by being yourself, that you can level up in your life (and the only measure of that is by your own standards, not society’s)- you can set the rules, you have the power, and you are enough.
Please, don’t quit on yourself. I promise, you belong on whichever level you want to reach. 🙏