Growing up in traditionalism as I did, I found my freedom and voice later in life. I discovered that I could be so much more than a wife or mother.
I could be anything I wanted to be.
An old refrain certainly, but it’s old because it’s TRUE. Don’t do it someday, DO IT TODAY!
I began my adult life standing in the secondhand light of a man. (Traditional, remember?) Years later, I figured out that I couldn’t change, fix, repair, or control another human being, as hard as I might try. I learned that the only person I could fix or change was me! And I am grateful every day for that lesson.
I learned that I must never feel responsible or guilty over another human being’s actions. I am not responsible. I can feel sadness, when someone I love is stuck in self-generated depression and defeat. I will be there for them if they reach out for help but I am not responsible for their behavior. Another lesson hard-earned.
In the first 40 years of my life I loved everyone else and forgot all about me. I had been taught that loving and caring for oneself was “selfish.” Then a light shone out of a personal tragedy and it taught me the lesson of self-love….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.
Trisha is a published playwright and author.
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