Be Brave. Be Bold. Be You.
Words like victim and survivor never really resonated with me. Victim and Survivor carry so many ideas, emotional connections and personal stories. I always had difficulty identifying with the words because I felt like it wasn’t a true reflection of who I believe I am.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a survivor and I am a victim of emotional, psychological and physical abuse, childhood incest, of rape, rape induced abortion and corruption of authoritative abuse of power.
I left home when I was 16, I dropped out of high school twice. Abandoned by my father, neglected and emotionally abused my mother.
I wasn’t a troubled kid but I was a kid with troubles. I wasn’t good enough for the good kids and I wasn’t bad enough for the bad kids. I was somewhere and nowhere, surviving.
I made the decision to return to high school, I won awards and went straight to University and graduated with a BA in International Development Studies. I traveled the world as motivational speaker inspiring youth to take action in their local and global communities.
I have been homeless many times in my life, I know what it feels like to fall on your knees, cry so hard you vomit and have to get back up, make dinner and go to work in the morning. I learned how to be my biggest cheerleader when I found myself alone, isolated, suicidal and in the midst of an emotional breakdown.
I have survived many of life’s most horrific experiences that changed who I was as a child, as a person and as a woman.
My story doesn’t stop at victim and it doesn’t start at survivor. My journey has grown me into a Warrior.
I am a fighter who is not afraid of effort. Success has terrified me more than failure ever will. Success is my only option. And it is what I choose to do with my life that brings me a sense of empowerment, responsibility and purpose.
So, if you’re reading this, first of all thank you and number 2, please take this as a reminder from the universe that you too can overcome whatever life is throwing at you. Go within, put your heart into everything.
Remember to be brave. Be bold. Be you. I believe in you.
The Journey Inward Project believes in putting truth to power, trust in your own experience and embracing the warrior within.