Maybe, maybe not. We are not all the same, duhhh. There is a reason for that. I just had a conversation with my beautiful, brilliant daughter that gave me pause. As I listened to how she felt, it brought up all my feelings from most of my life.
New perspective is a powerful thing. It's enlightening when you are virtually giving advice to your younger self. I felt the nostalgia of it and at the same time lamenting that I did not have someone to tell me I was misguided.
You see, she is going through the loneliness and self doubt that comes of being far, far away from family support. I was in the same situation at her age. My mom had passed on, my dad not involved in my life at all. I was separated from the entire family, save my own little unit.
For one reason or another, set apart from the crowd, my husbands side and my own. We forged ahead to build our own crowd. Always feeling on the outside, it took me many years to see that I was set apart for other things.
It's when you don't know how special you are that your light is free to shine. The problem and the solution come when you have no way of seeing yourself as you really are. The problem because of how you feel inside, the solution because you continue to strive to be better.
I believe when the world fills your head with accolades and praise, it can take the humility out of you. Humility is the key to service and growth in deep arenas. Today I am most grateful and thankful for the struggles that have made me strong.
If you are facing struggles, persevere and see how strong you become. The choice is yours to let the mountain crush you, or lift you higher. Fantasize the summit and one step at a time, TAKE IT!