~~Live your life as if you were given a second chance.~~ Unknown
I feel like I've been given the second chance at life. Like all the stress, unhappiness, and regrets of the past have been healed, forgiven, and put to rest. A weight lifted off my shoulders. And in the most remarkable way, my fears simply gone.
I used to be afraid of failing....failing my quit, failing my family, failing in life. The fear stopped me from even trying so many things. Sad, I know, but true. Add to that piling stress on. Stress that comes from being a single mom, from being the only breadwinner of the family....silly stress that now means absolutely nothing.
Because now I know to focus on what's truly important. My family is important. My health is important. Living life to the fullest is important. Dancing, singing, creating, helping people find their smiles.....all very important to me.
It's only when I let go of what others thought I should be doing...or feeling....or thinking....that I began to think and do and feel for myself. And it's only when I let go of the fears....the fear of failing....the fear of letting others down....the fear of not being good enough....that I began being successful. Because it's how I feel about myself that's important. And I feel good about being just me.
I don't get stressed much anymore. When I do, I remember what's important in life and the stress eases. I don't get unhappy and I don't feel fear much anymore. When I do, I remember what's important in life and I feel good again.
I'm just me. Sometimes silly, sometimes with my head in the clouds, but always grateful, always content, and always remembering that I have only one life to live. So I am going to make it count.
I wish for all of you the same sense of peace, the same sense of joy, and the same second chance at life. Always remember to make it count :)