The road to self-discovery and growth can be scary. It can be lonely and confusing and unsettling. These are unchartered waters you’re exploring and often times other people don’t understand this journey that you’re on. They may judge you or gossip about you. You may have days that push you to the point of questioning if what you’re doing is even worth it. After all, wouldn’t it be easier to follow in the footsteps of what the rest of society is doing? Wouldn’t it be easier to give up on this self-growth journey and fall back into the old you – the you who you’re trying ever so desperately to improve?
But don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. No, not now, sweet girl. Not ever. Because you know what’s even scarier than pressing forward? Remaining stagnant. Doing the same things you’ve always done, surrounding yourself with the same thoughts and people and environments and experiences that you have become comfortable with. Giving up on your heart’s longings and desires because you’d rather play it safe and go the easy route instead.
So, let this be the year that you turn inwards for validation rather than relying on others. Let this be the year you lie in bed smiling at night because even you are blown away by how much you are capable of and how resilient and strong and fierce you truly are. Let this be the year you are scared to death to quit your job and start a new career or to go on that first date or say goodbye to that toxic relationship or break that bad habit or move to that new city, but you do it anyway and you do it scared. Let this be the year the world stands in utter amazement as you grow into who you always were meant to be, radiating with a light that no one can take away from you.