“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – ee cummings
My mother shared this quote with me several year ago during my multi-year quarter life crisis.
At the time, I believed that the people in my life expected me to act a certain way. I believed that it is far easier in the short-term to be that person that others wanted me to be. We are all sons, daughters, wives, husbands, brothers, and sisters. After much soul-searching and many conversations, I realized that I was wrong.
I was the only one holding me back. Trying to mold myself to others’ expectations was going to tear me apart (never mind that most people didn’t have expectations of me to begin with). I needed to acknowledge that I can be the rocker chic, the corporate girl, the outdoorsy hippie, and more ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
I reference these words every day and muster my courage to live a full life.