This is who I am

For a huge part of my life I have tried to hide who I am.

I have tried to be what others want.

I have followed paths influenced by others.

I have been embarrased and shy to show who I  really am.

Perhaps it’s because until recently, I didn’t know who I was.

Maybe it’s wisdom that comes with age. The wisdom that I hear in my fathers voice, that I always admired and wondered where to buy it from.

But you don’t buy it. Age and experience gifts it to you. And there comes a time in everyone’s life where they must accept who they are. And no longer hide behind the mask.

I am so much more than you see.

Yes I’m a mother, a wife, a friend.

Yes I’m a home maker, a taxi, a cook, a cleaner a domestic goddess wanna-be.

Yes I’m a business owner.

But that’s what you see from the outside.

What makes me, me is on the inside.

I’m a dreamer.

I’m a thinker.

I have visions, I have goals, I have ideas.

I am inspired, I am hopeful, I am wistful.

And….

I am a writer. I write fiction. I want to be published.

I am a writer. I write freelance articles. I have been published. I want to do more.

I am a writer. I want to entertain, inspire, evoke emotion.

Words mean the world to me. Words in books, words in music, words from history, words for the future.

I am a blogger. I share my writing. I connect with others through words.

My thoughts run deep. I am analytical. I ask questions. I love theories.

I love to take risks. To try new things. I don’t mind failure, for failing would be not trying.

I love to take my life in different directions and push myself toward new ventures.

The path I leave behind is my gift to my children.

And now I stand here showing you who I am. Unashamed, for I no longer have nothing to hide. I stand here bare and exposed and free.

Sometimes the world will ridicule you, usually behind your back. Sometimes we question and judge others to qualify our own fears.

But no longer do I care.

For the life I live is my own. And I choose to live it.

I choose to show my children that following your truth is more important than grades or perceived success in society.

This is who I am.

So much more than you ever knew.

And so are you.

Take off your mask.