In a world that often reminds us we aren’t enough and highlight our shortcomings; I want this blog post/space to do the exact opposite.
You, yes you! There is so much talent and power that lies in you. Your very existence is miraculous. You are the perfect genetic mixture of beauty and creativity. From the texture of your hair, the shape of your nose, the softness of your lips, the frame of your body, and to the tone of your voice… As they say, “you bad”! You were not designed to make people comfortable with your thoughts, your journey, or your being. Just as you are, you are enough! You are enough (in case you didn’t hear me the first time); believe that! I believe that to be true for you, wholeheartedly!
Now that we’ve established how “bad” you are/is ;) ...Take time and imagine what greatness looks like for you. Start believing that to be a reality. There is absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t happen for you. You deserve it! Start believing that you deserve all the goodness and greatness that life can offer. Because…well why not?
Some of you will say "life is no picnic," or “I’ve made so many irreversible mistakes” to deserve any good. Trust me, I know where you are coming from all too well. Do me a favor and name one person in your circle who hasn’t made a mistake? If you know someone who "hasn't" ( side eye) ; they have a lot of "living" to do! Look, you have to be kind to yourself; you’re doing what you can. Life will throw curve balls; and worst of all, it is not a respecter of persons.
No one is immune to the rollercoaster ride called life. I’ve lived it, and I see it everyday with patients I care for. One minute the playing field is leveled, and the next, you are facing Mount Everest. Suddenly you are challenged to surmount things you've never imagined for yourself. The urgency of "life" can suddenly change your swag and confidence. You may even experience helplessness, guilt, fear, regret, and doubt as a result of it. It's normal. But owe it to yourself not to let these emotions fester longer than they need to. Before you know it, like an insidious cancer, it can slowly eat away at your intrinsic beauty, creativity, and ability to shine. So take it from me, let the emotion run its course. And when it's time, (the debris of oppressive thoughts weighing on your shoulders that paralyze you) dust that sh*t off. Life is tough, but it’s no reason to prevent your light to shine amidst dark moments. The cards you were dealt may not be the best hand, ( I’ve often said eff those cards, and eff those rules); and it shouldn't matter anyway because life isn’t a game of cards. Surprise yourself, and dare to be great … amidst the mistakes and chaos. Dare to strut your stuff like you deserve every opportunity that comes your way. It’s your time to shine. It’s your time to trail-blaze. It's your time to walk tall. It is YOUR time. So go ahead with your bad self, be you! Be great.. and shine!
- Dr. M. C.
"Often times, in the dark crucibles of life, the greatest gifts are born."