Thus far, 2014 has been quite a life-changing year. To start, I made big plans. Set goals in motion, took on another opportunity and learned a different side of the industry. I built endurance, speed and knowledge. I signed up for an exam that I rescheduled once and was committed to studying every freaking minute I had. On top of this, one goal -- to move out of the state -- forced me to finally get my house into shape in preparation to sell. That is, until I decided to commit more time to the exam. Neglected, my house grew chaotic. I realized the truths behind having a middle school child, my first born. This was emotionally the hardest - learning to let go, trusting my gut instincts, and being more firm than I've ever been took a toll on me. I struggled with decisions and as a result of letting my guard down - I had the worse experience yet of 2014. Even worse than realizing I didn't pass my certified exam. And that broke my heart bad.
Trust is a funny thing. You need it to survive, but it messes with you. I think "to trust" is a sacred act. I've tried to loosen the trust strings while standing on guard when dealing with an unfamiliar environment, but I strongly believe in giving those the benefit of the doubt until they've done you wrong. Of course if and when that happens, it sinks deep and you get angry with yourself because you didn't put your guard up more. You trusted them and they stabbed you in the back. I don't take being accused of something that is the absolute false, lightly. You can't destroy me with your words because I stood up for myself. Of this, I'm proud. And I'm more than happy now that I am reserving my talents for those that deserve it.
It is also funny how you really learn who your friends are when swimming through troubled times. It doesn't exist if it's one sided. Hey that's cool, I can take a hint. Probably why Twitter is a safe bet cause it's non-committal and I don't have to wonder if you're going to respond to my text cause I don't care anymore.
I also learned that people with power are the most self-centered people I've ever met and that it's unfortunate that success has come at the price of being cold yet never realizing that your happiness will never be fulfilled until you realize how to put yourself in the other person's shoes.
Finally, I learned the only person in the world who truly knows you for who you are and will always be there until the end, is yourself. Once I accepted this fact, I began to find peace in my journey.
This is why I write. It's my deepest form of therapy. In fact, for many years I kept journals that helped me survive all the stages of my life. I am learning to be content with the little things. I confess that, prior to my revelation, technology had encouraged me to succumb to the immediate need for everything. But now, now I really crave a simple, yet deeper life. One that wastes no time on negativity, lost souls, one sided friends, and employers that don't acknowledge your contributions and strengths. I am urging you, whomever reads this, to reflect on you and who you are inside - there is an untold story in you and those who are worthy - should hear it. They exist. You know deep down who they may be and you know who they definitely are not.
In honor of a great writer who recently passed, Maya Angelou, I leave you with this inspiring quote. I know I am not perfect, but I refuse to surrender to the negative influences that attempt to pull me away from the simple, yet profound life rule I really believe in. To be polite and respectful. And if you don't receive it in return, turn your cheek away. Don't expend your energy on the unworthy.