I’ve grown so strong. Do you see me? I’m a woman now. In spite of all the issues that still remain, I’ve persevered. I control them. They are a part of me, a part of my history—but they are not who I am. I learned to understand them because you can’t fight an enemy you don’t see. I put in the work and I battled and I came out ahead.
That’s not to say everything is perfect. I have my days, just like we all do. That doesn’t make me weak. It makes me human. Life isn’t always easy, but I don’t get low the way I once did. I don’t let my fear submerge me. I will no longer give it that satisfaction.
It’s not as if I just woke up one day and everything was magically different. I’ve been working so hard for such a long time. Once I accepted that nothing in life comes easy, it wasn’t so difficult to buckle down and adjust my attitude. Yes, it’s been quite uncomfortable. I now enjoy feeling a bit unsettled because I know that means I’m doing the right thing.
There is no change in comfort. There is no comfort without change.
I’m fierce. I’m ferocious. I am a woman newly awakened to her own power. It is a truly magical place to be. I’m not invincible, but I now joyfully embrace my SELF. I love who I am, my strengths and flaws alike. For the first time in my life, I believe in my own boundless abilities.
I was limited before only because I limited myself. Fear is the greatest enemy and I’ve let it dictate my journey for years. The time to reject my fear was long overdue and so reject it I did.
I am finally me. I am wholly, unapologetically, honestly, amazingly myself. After all those days of masks and uncertainty and doubt and insecurity, I burst through the walls and escaped my self-made prison. I can tell you from firsthand experience that the freedom is blindingly beautiful.
I am a woman. Know that I will stand up, I will speak out, I will defend, I will resist. I’ve come into my own and there’s no stopping me. I am a powerful voice that demands to be heard. I’m intelligent and loyal and compassionate and fiercely loving. I’m everything and more.
I am a diamond in the rough, but I don’t need polishing. This fire will never burn out. It’s smoldering quietly, biding its time, and it refuses to die. I’m strong and now that I know it, nothing can ever keep me from reaching my destiny.
I never understood all those years that the only thing holding me back was myself.
I’m unchained and I’ll never voluntarily cage myself again. I’m blissfully freed and I have my own tireless work and efforts and strength to thank. I made this happen.
Hear me roar.