Over the weekend I did one of my favorite things- I took myself to a movie. Solo.
Solitary adventures are one of my most treasured pastimes. Not only do I have the opportunity to recharge my introvert self, I gain an immense amount of inspiration from mindfully roaming through the city, finding new hidden gems, and taking in the beauty around me.
I went to go to “Where’d You Go Bernadette,” partially due to my love for Cate Blanchett. I seem to be one of the few who didn’t read the book, but I went in intuitively know I’d enjoy the film.
As I watched a fellow introvert self destruct, I realized an important message:
Creators are meant to create.
I remembered that not only is my precious solo time beneficial to maintaining my energy, it’s crucial to my creations.
With each photo I take, piece I write, and lesson I learn, my creations are keeping me sane. They’re keeping me grounded. They’re keeping me connected.
Sharing what I see and what I have learned with the world keeps me going. Being able to carry a message to another person or using my own experience as wisdom or lessons for others is a purpose I know I was meant to fill. Self destruction is inevitable when one doesn’t feel a sense of purpose, passion, or belonging- so I am glad to be reminded to live beautifully and create each and every day.
I’ve always been the type of person who kept her circle small.
Growing up, I had one best friend- we were both artists who shied away from the more rambunctious children. We didn’t participate in the gossip, nor did we play rough. We spent time drawing, chatting on the swing set, and using our imagination to create a magical world around us.
As I got older, my habits stayed the same. I wasn’t invited to parties and I didn’t sit with the popular group at lunch- nor did I try to.
I’ve always done my own thing- but I have been fortunate to always have a few good friends.
Friends who always “get” me. Friends who have my best interest at heart. Friends who encourage me to be my best self- and who see the beauty within that I may not recognize on my own.
As an adult, I realize that I won’t be liked by everyone. I wouldn’t want to be! Not everyone is on the same path- and that is okay. We are all on our own journey.
Today, I don’t have to take other people’s criticism personal, and I don’t have to engage or acknowledge their drama- because I know that the people who do matter to me are all I need.
The awakened woman is not defined by other people or outside forces.
She already knows who she is- and she doesn’t need to explain it to anyone.
She is a force to be reckoned with. She knows where she is going and isn’t defined by where she’s been.
The awakened woman sees beauty all around her, finds lessons in life’s obstacles, and embraces meaning in everyday moments.
She is a peacemaker, a warrior, and a leader. She sees strength in her scars and shares her experiences to benefit others.
You may try to pull her back to your level, but she will smile and stay on her own path.
If you are on the same journey, she will welcome you along on hers. She will inspire you, lift you up, and help you see the beauty you may not see within yourself.
Others may try to break her down, but this will only make her rise up more beautifully than she did before.
I am grateful for all the awakened women in my life. Thank you for encouraging me to be me.