Who am I? I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend. Hmmm, maybe what I am is really a Customer Service Specialist turned Liaison Assistant who transformed into a Collections Officer and Supervisor reborn as a Business Analyst who explored what being a Monitoring Officer was all about. A few obstacles and blessings later to resurface as Head Administrator and Teacher. Now I am an aspiring writer and motivational speaker.
Do all these experiences define who I am? I don’t believe they do. All they tell you is who I am to the various people in my life and where I have been in terms of the jobs I’ve held but who am I really? To answer this question, I think I have to look at who I was.
I was always trying to please everyone and spent little time focusing on the things I loved doing. What that was exactly, I didn’t really know until recently. I would try to improve various aspects of myself hoping to make others like me but I soon realized that the ONLY person I really needed to like me, was ME.
I felt as though I always needed the approval of others. Making a decision on my life sometimes seemed terrifying. Some people profess to never care about what others think but that was a real problem for me. I am certain that I’m not the only person out there who has felt like this at some time or another.
One day I realized that I was not really ‘living’ but rather just existing. I was tired of doing the same things over and over that did not make me truly happy and more importantly it was time to fix it. I told myself,”enough is enough“. No more excuses, no more self-pity. Fear of the unknown and criticism would not be allowed to hold me back. It is my time now! The reality was it could have been my time anytime I wanted, the problem was, I was not ready to claim it.
‘Living’ is a state of mind that requires us to take action. You see, knowing that you’re not happy or satisfied in any area of your life is one step but actually doing something positive about it is where the courage comes in.
I am smart, strong and determined. I am pursuing my dream and loving every moment. I know, who I am.
Now ask yourself, “Who am I?”