A Little Reassurance

Do you ever wonder what you could do if you weren't afraid to try? Do you ever wonder who you could be? A long time ago I saw this quote in Seventeen magazine, and for some reason it stuck out to me.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

At the time, I didn't feel that it related to me, and I wasn't sure why I would ever need it. I thought 'Why would I ever feel this way? How can you fear your own power?' But for some reason I cut it out and saved it all these years. I looked at it once in a while, and still didn't connect. I was in middle school, and I thought I had it all figured out. I thought that there was no way I would ever be afraid to be my true self, no way that I would shrink back when I was doing what I loved most. But recently I've found that that's exactly what I've been doing.

Now I am not an inspirational-quote-sharing girl. I don't talk about this stuff, I don't share it when I feel like this. But this time I guess it's different. Because maybe I'm not the only one. Accepting and embracing your own power seems like a hard thing to do, but I'm going to try. I need to try, because I know I won't get anywhere if I don't. It still seems ironic to me, because fear of my own power, of what I could be, is what's holding me back from being the very thing that God created me to be. How many of us are doing that, and how can we get past it? What do I need to see, to hear, to prove to myself that I am worth it? I'm not sure right now. But I'll read that quote every day until I believe in myself.

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