Why Not Me, Why Not You?
This was the moment I decided to change my situation:
I was 10 years old, sweeping off the sidewalk outside the back door of our broken down old farmhouse. My verbally and physically abusive alcoholic father pulled in driving his old beat up Rambler with a case of beer, and my mom headed out to Bingo.
In that moment, I promised myself: “this will not be my life!”
I made the decision that I would do whatever I could to change my situation.
Since then, I did well in sales jobs, graduated from GA State with an MBA having never gone to undergrad, married the most amazing man, had 2 beautiful children, and a career I love.
Of course, there’s other stuff in between but the point is:
If someone had shown me this life when I was a little girl, it would have been completely foreign.
Sometimes when I walk our dog, I challenge myself to see our neighborhood and my life through the eyes of that little girl and realize how far I’ve come and how blessed I am.
We all have something challenging in our lives or in our past, but those circumstances or situations do not define who we can be or what we can achieve in our lives.
This was just my story. Some others that you will recognize that didn’t let their circumstances define them are:
- J.K. Rowling: Author of the Harry Potter series, Joanne was an aspiring writer and single mother living on welfare with her young daughter in an unheated, mice-infested flat. Her first book was rejected by 12 publishers before the world met Harry Potter in 1997.
- Oprah Winfrey: Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, Oprah had a mountain of obstacles already in front of her as a newborn baby... she was born to unwed teenage parents, she was female, she was black, and she was poor. She endured a lot of set backs in her childhood which included sexual abuse and a teenage pregnancy to a stillborn baby. She took this as a sign to turn her life around. At 19 she landed her first reporting job in Nashville then went on from there to Baltimore then Chicago hosting talk shows. Then in 1986 she started the Oprah Winfrey show. And, as they say: the rest is history.
These are just a couple of examples of people who came from nothing and have now accomplished incredible things.
What made them become these “special” people?
We are all capable of great things, regardless of our circumstances.
How about we say to ourselves “Why not me?”!
YOU are capable of creating and living your best life!
Life is what we make it. The choices we make define the outcome we will have. Move in the direction of your destiny.
Identify one small thing you want to do or change and for the next 3 weeks follow what Nike says and “JUST DO IT!” Nothing happens unless we take action...and anything is possible!
You are worthy!
What small action are you going to take this week? Comment below!
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