“She silently stepped out of the race she never wanted to be in, found her own lane and proceeded to win.” -Anonymous
This is one of those memes that has been floating around the internet for some time. It catches your eye; it makes you pause and think for a moment about your own journey.
Some will brush it off and keep on scrolling, as if it did not pertain to them as they owned that they were stuck in their monotonous life. They silently admire those who could own the words as well as the action.
Then there are those who will feel the meaning pierce through their soul in a way that defines who they are in this moment. They can relate to the suffocating depths behind the words that captivated their once old life. Today, they smile warmly, grateful for finding their path that they fully own in the moment.
Both have something in common. They read those words, thought about those words, and had deep feelings about the underlying truth in each word.
What struck your core when you read them?
My journey has proven to take in these words, dismiss these words and challenge these words many times along those footsteps that I have walked up until this point.
Courage to be who you are is something we all wish we could own.
It is not simple.
It is not easy.
It is possible.
I believe we must constantly ask ourselves the hard and defining question; ‘Do I want to be on this road that I find myself walking?’
The answer will vary. Taking the road less travelled is not always possible due to circumstances; you can consider how to take a side road that will allow a little bit of yourself to come through until you can get to the main road.
Recently, I had the honor and privilege, as I watched a dear friend devour these words. They had been walking a journey no one would wish on an enemy, but knew it had to be done. It has been years of uncovering the core meaning and depth of how it took its own role in their life. The profound years of process has left me speechless as it came to resolution, for I knew the steps intimately.
The grace, courage, and strength this friend showed in using their voice in the most powerful ways was admirable; for without even knowing the convoluted importance of their actions, theirs was the voice of countless others. Their voice was that of the silenced. Their resilience was a necessity for breathing and now their light was one I do not think will ever be turned out again against their will.
“She silently stepped out of the race she never wanted to be in, found her own lane and proceeded to win.”
Life does not have to be all or nothing. One part of your story does not have to define the entire roadmap.
How do you want to start taking a side road for a bit?
How can you honor the steps walked and know that they were to guide you to the moment that is waiting for you?
The light is waiting for you, the race has turned into a relay. Ask someone to join you, you do not have to finish the marathon alone.
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