For me, growth and strength are fostered every single day. I try to learn something new everyday. It's actually not hard at all. Just by keeping my mouth shut and listening, I pick up lots of interesting revelations.
I am so grateful and thankful, God gave me a spirit of courage and curiosity. I've gone from a young lady who felt worthless to an older lady who knows I am worthy, just as you are. I am also grateful that deep, deep down in my spirit, I knew I could overcome if I just kept struggling through the obstacles life threw at me.
I haven't achieved notoriety, fame or great wealth, I've gained something far more precious. Something enriching that can never be taken from me. I've gained the knowledge that I am important, loved and valued by many. The respect in spite of my humanness and flaws, which are many, is overwhelming sometimes.
It is only in these past five years, I have fully realized, I need to be true to myself. In working toward that, I have also been able to be loving, helpful and kind to others.
The lesson that will take me far in life is; Love truly does win out over hate and struggle makes one strong if they are able to keep going in the face of it.
Fantasizing the freedom to walk tall, head held high, forward into the unknown without fear.