My movement is not causing me joy right now. Few things are. I do not feel qualified to educate people on how to get through this in a time when no one has been through anything like this.
I see myself as having two paths: I can be a country singer with the stage name Melissa Leigh. Or I can be a rap goddess, and the people will call me Reck-Lyss.
I know I am also capable of so much light and positivity. I know I am capable of adapting and being a source of inspiration. I know it is a choice.
When you left, I took a deep breath. And then I finally found rest.
The work I do now is 100% my choice.
Be gentle with yourself in the way they couldn’t be.
That’s the thing about learning to love yourself. There is no timeline.
Today I will do everything I am told I shouldn’t. I will quit a full-time job with benefits, healthcare, a 401k.
If I could freeze frame what happiness looks and feels like, it would be March 17, 2014.