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She Was Done.

She realized she was the only self she could be — and not being unapologetically true to herself was a disservice to her soul and to the world.

She was done listening to the noise of the world. She realized the quiet voice of her own soul was the most beautiful sound she had ever heard.

She was done questioning her motives, her intentions, the call of her soul. She realized that all questions seek answers and maybe she already knew those answers and didn’t need to wait around for someone to respond.

She was done striving, forcing, pushing through and staying on the hard path. She realized that “toughing things out” might be a sign to pick a new path.

She was done with friends that wished her to be happier, more present and more like them. She realized they didn’t understand just how deep she swam in the waters of life and she felt at home in the dark depths and would die if she hovered the surface.

She was done with the distractions, the denials, the small addictions that pulled her away from the true desires of her soul. She realized that strength of character came from focus and commitment.

She was done not following the desires that yelled out in her soul every day. She realized that if she did nothing about them, they died a quiet death that took a piece of her soul with them.

She was done trying to please everyone. She realized it could never be done.

She was done questioning herself. She realized her heart knew the truth and she needed to follow it.

She was done analyzing all the options, weighing the pros and cons and trying to figure everything out before leaping. She realized that taking a leap implied not fully seeing where she landed.

She was done battling with herself, trying to change who she knew herself to be. She realized the world made it hard enough to fully be herself, so why add to the challenge.

She was done worrying, as if worry was the price she had to pay to make it all turn out okay. She realized worry didn’t need to be part of the process.

She was done apologizing and playing small to make others feel comfortable and fit in. She realized fitting in was overrated and shining her own light made others brave enough to do the same.

She was done with the should’s, ought to’s, and have to’s of life. She realized the only must’s in her life came from things that beat so strong in her being she couldn’t not do them.

She was done with remorse and could have’s. She realized hindsight never applies because circumstances always look different in the rearview mirror and you experience life looking through the front window.

She was done with friendships based on shared history and past experiences. She realized that if friends couldn’t grow together, or who were no longer following the same path, it was okay to let them go.

She was done being so tired. She realized it came from spending her time doing things that didn’t bring her joy or feed her soul.

She was done trying to figure it all out, know all the answers, plan everything and see all the possibilities before she began. She realized that life was unfolding and that the detours and unexpected moments were some of the best parts to her story.

She was done needing to be understood by anyone but herself. She realized she was the only person she was guaranteed to spend her whole life with and understanding herself was more important than being understood by others.

She was done looking for love. She realized loving and accepting herself was the best kind of love and the seed from which all other love started.

She was done fighting, trying to change or simply not accepting her body. She realized the body she came into the world with was the only one she was going to get — there were no exchanges or returns — so love, health and acceptance was the only way.

She was done beating herself up and being so hard on herself as if either of these things led to changes or made her feel any better. She realized kindness and compassion towards herself and others accomplished more.

She was done comparing and looking at other people’s lives as a mirror for her own. She realized holding her own mirror cast her in the best, most beautiful light.

She was done being quiet, guarded and holding her tongue. She realized her voice and her emotions could be traced back to her deepest desires and longings if she only followed their thread.

She was done having to be right. She realized everyone’s truth was relative and personal to themselves, so the only right that was required was the one that felt true for her.

She was done being drained by others — by people who didn’t want to take the time for their own process and saw shortcuts through hers. She realized she could share her experience but everyone needed to do the work themselves.

She was done with not being content with where she was. She realized the present moment held all it needed to get her to the next moment.

She was done seeing hurt as something to be avoided, foreseen or somehow her fault. She realized hurt shaped her as much as joy and she needed both in order to both learn and grow.

She was done with regrets. She realized if she had known better she would have done better.

She was done with being angry. She realized anger was just a flashlight that showed her what she was most scared of and once it illuminated what she needed to see, she no longer needed to hold onto it.

She was done being sad. She realized sorrow arose when she betrayed her own soul and made choices that weren’t true to herself.

She was done playing small. She realized if others couldn’t handle her light, it was because they were afraid of their own.

She was done yelling above the noise of the world. She realized living out loud could be done quietly.

She was done being something she was not. She realized the purpose of life was to be truly, happily who she was born to be…and if she paused long enough to remember, she did in fact, recognize herself.

I’m Done. I’ve realized that.

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