Yes, I went down the wrong roads and made all the bad choices, I ended up in places I never should have been, in ways that tore my spirit apart.
Truth be told, I don’t know how I got so down and out, nor how I made it out intact and still whole.
At the end of my rope and hating who I’d become,
I hit rock bottom.
Everyone counted me out and no one gave me a chance, even I didn’t know how to dig myself out of the hole. But you know, that’s the thing about a spirit that won’t give up.
I don’t know how to quit and I’m meant to become more in spite of my rough start.
It was never meant to be the end of my story, I just had to begin a new chapter…one where the Phoenix rises from the ashes.
I pulled myself up, dusted myself off then fought and clawed my way back.
I didn’t ask for help and no one offered me a hand, but that was what I needed to forge my own courage and build my own strength.
My dreams didn’t have an expiration and I wasn’t going to quit on them or myself.
I know I’m a mess sometimes, a bit of a broken soul with glimpses of beauty stashed in between,
but I’m good with that.
I made my way, earned my place and I’m fighting to make my story a success.
I’ve got a lot of love to give and a passionate fire that can’t be quenched.
Sometimes, you realize along the way that you don’t set out to be strong and courageous, but when you’re left holding the pieces of a life gone wrong, those are the only choices you have left.
It’s not that I’ll ever be heroic, strong and amazing like the fabled stories of heroes and lovers, but at least I’ll write my story my way, and that’s what matters most of all.
I don’t have to set the world on fire, just be on fire for my life, the kind of flames that make your heart and soul feel totally alive.
I may be beautifully broken and wonderfully imperfect, but I’m still standing. I’m still strong.
I figured where I needed to go and what it would take to get there, so I made a choice: I didn’t ever go looking for a hero…I decided instead to become the hero of my own story…One small victory at a time, my way.