You Are Worthy of Every Good Thing
Many of my friends have been experiencing that sudden quarter-life crisis with the assumption that they should be further along than they actually are; that they should have already found that special someone, purchased a home or landed a job in the career field of their choice.
As for me, approaching the age of twenty-five allowed me to reflect on my strengths and my weaknesses, while also allowing different discontentment to surface. I felt the need to make my voice louder. I realized that I was actually becoming content being passive. It was easier.
Being a black woman and often the only one in most of my recent environments, I struggled with making myself heard. I was allowing my insecurities and the fear of the unknown to silence me. This resulted in me shying away from opportunities. In retrospect, I am now keenly aware that those negative past encounters were contributors to my inhibition to communicate my wants, needs, and ideas.
However, I have determined that fear is a liar. I have decided that no one can speak for me or adequately convey my vision. Ever! I was certain that for as long as I allowed myself to sink into the background and continued to stray away from contributing to conversations, neither I nor anyone else, for that matter, would learn who I am and what I am capable of. Now four months into twenty-five, I do not allow anyone to determine what is for me, but me. I intentionally push myself into uncomfortable situations and discussions. If I see an opportunity that just a few short months ago would have intimidated me, I go after it.
Women all over the world have been contributing to the #MeToo movement, selflessly empowering, encouraging, and motivating women and men to speak the truth. We embody so much power and influence, but it was not until I finally began to speak up that I discovered this.
We have been fearfully and wonderfully created, and we lack nothing that is needed to make significant long-lasting contributions to this world. We are FULLY equipped with everything that we need to live a life that is fulfilling—and one with purpose. Once we accept this precious truth, the way that we decide to think about ourselves will change. When we internalize this truth, our lives will forever be transformed.
We are capable
We are good enough
We are worthy of every good thing.
Photo by Autumn Goodman.