“You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.” ~ Irene C. Kassorla
There come moments in our lives when we are faced with crossroads, such as who we are, who we can be, and who we want to become. Sometimes, we can look at ourselves confidently and say, “I am exactly where I am supposed to be,” and continue to build upon our lives with vigor. Other times, we feel disconnected to our path and wish life was going in a different direction.
At any point in our life, we can decide to rewrite our story; devise a different journey or ending. We are the authors of our lives.
So, where would you ever begin your revision? Well, you can ask yourself first if you have always been true to yourself and expressed yourself honestly. If you can genuinely say you have, without any hesitation, then perhaps you just need a good proofreading to get on the right track.
But if not, then it’s time to figure out why that is and change it. Whatever stories you are making up about why you can or cannot be a certain way need to be re-written. You are who you are. And no societal standards, rules or regulations should dictate the authenticity of who you are in any way. This is your life, your heart your dreams; it’s time for you to finally take that wheel and go after the truth of what you want in life.
Too often, we let “normalization” and acceptance hold us back from what we are capable of doing or being.
You are supposed to be different. You are not supposed to agree with everyone. You are entitled to an opinion. You have your own beliefs. Your personality is innate, as are your talents, goals, and fantasies. Who are you to NOT be true to all that you are made up of? You are not a fictional character that was created out of a writer’s imagination. You are your own author. You are in charge of writing your own autobiography.
Truly think about why you suppress yourself. Is it fear? Of what? Of how you might look to someone else? Of what they might think of you? If they find it acceptable, politically correct, within normal gender or socioeconomic roles? The key to that is to remember that we all have something about ourselves that we try to hide, so we are all on equal footing, always. When you realize we are all human, and we are all different, then you can accept who you are without judgment or criticism of others.
You are meant to be a trailblazer.
Don’t seek approval. Don’t try to fit in. Don’t follow everyone else’s rules. Do the world and yourself a favor and be your genuine self, no matter what. Your story is interesting; people put down books that read the same as everyone else’s. Be the story that keeps people inspired by the courage it takes to be uniquely you. Brand yourself with your own authenticity, and leave a legacy worth remembering.