If you could have known back then what you know now, would things have transpired differently? Maybe they never would have transpired at all. The fact that things do transpire at all is a miracle whether or not the outcome is positive or negative.
I think a lot of life is just about the doing. You get bent, you get broken, you return to dust. But the beauty in all that is that you also get loved, get pieced back together, and return to the pieces you lost along the way.
I look at this picture now and see someone I don’t recognize anymore. And I think that is good. The girl in this picture wanted more, the girl in this picture had no idea the year would unfold the way it has. The girl in this picture has no idea the miracle of life that’s about to be birthed because of falling-outs, mistakes-made, movements-had, and personal peacemaking that will transpire whether she knows it, likes it - or not.
Today, I own my mistakes and I let them go. I own my feelings and I let them go. I own my beliefs and values and hold tight to them because they are life. I know who I am. I know that I am not the girl in this picture anymore.
I still love the fact I read somewhere a long time ago that you change every six months inwardly. The DNA you hold within you is not the same as it was six months, even a year ago. Take heart, because there is SO MUCH freedom in that.
The girl in this photo may have thought she was free. But she has come such a long way. And to be honest - even recognizing how long she’s come - has made all the difference.
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