A personal story:
While growing up, I was not the sporty one, the popular one, the pretty one.
I was the clever one – just clever.
And unfortunately I believed a lie, that that was all I could be.
Some might argue this is a huge blessing, a gift! And it is! (I am so thankful I obtained good grades and therefore had the opportunity to study Medicine and become a doctor!)
But I never really felt good enough, because I thought I was too quiet, not self-assured enough and didn’t have the ‘looks’.
Today I know that I am the author of my own story.
And I can change the narrative.
I do not have to be the quiet and self-conscious one.
I do not have to be ONLY one thing – I can be smart and I can be pretty (my own unique kind of beautiful!). This year I took a leap of faith and entered the Sarie Voorbladgesig 2020 competition. Something I never would have dreamed of doing when I was younger! Even though I didn’t make it to the Top 40, I am still proud of myself for displaying courage by stepping out of my comfort zone.
Today, I choose to exercise – not because I believe I have to have the perfectly toned bikini-ready body, but because it makes me feel healthier.
Today I realise:
- I can be compassionate and I can be COURAGEOUS.
- I can take risks and I can be BOLD.
- I can love fearlessly and I can BE LOVED unconditionally.
You, fellow woman, are so much more than JUST-ONE-THING – just a mom, just a housewife, just a businesswoman, just the pretty one, just clever, just fit…
You already have what it takes, to be MORE….to be YOU – it’s locked away in your gifts, your talents, your ideas, and in your specific personality traits! Perhaps today is the perfect day to unlock your full potential?
Today I encourage you, if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, and you felt like you were JUST-ONE-THING for FAR TO LONG, take up your pen and change the narrative:
Even if it’s one cursive letter, and one hesitant step at a time...
Remember: Your story doesn’t need to be perfect. It just needs to be authentically YOU.Alyssa Loftus