All this time I said I was reinventing myself, which I do think that is what I am doing, but I found something that I read and it instantly made me think about my transformation. I am not quite sure if you would consider it a quote or poetry or in between but here is what it says:
Shifting: As you are shifting, you will begin to realize that you are not the same person you used to be. The things you used to tolerate have become intolerable. When you once remained quiet, you are now speaking your truth. Where you once battled and argued, you are now choosing to remain silent. You are beginning to understand the value of your voice and there are some situations that no longer deserve your time, energy, and focus.
I do believe this describes me at this moment in time. I am shifting. I am living life for me for once. I am trying new things and new ideas. I want to be known as Dawn and not so and so’s mom, sister, daughter, or aunt, and I intend to just make that happen. I will no longer live in someone else’s shadow, but instead I will be in my own spotlight. I will not waste my energy on things I can’t control, I can’t change, and if it doesn’t affect me. I will not sit back and be walked all over. I am shifting.
This is growth and it is real and it is freeing and it is about damn time. Are you ready to join me?
P.S, I am proud to be so and so’s mom, sister, daughter, and aunt. My family means everything to me, and I will always be here for them. I just can’t let that be my only identity anymore.