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Courage to be…In Other Words


In Other Words
this week’s prompt is:

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
ee cummings


Before I accepted the me that I am I was not happy.  Not a happy little girl, not a happy teenager, not a happy young woman.  I wasn’t miserable just not happy.  I was uncomfortable with other people because I was uncomfortable being me.

There were different ways I dealt with my discomfort.  For awhile I was a chameleon.  I just blended in wherever I was being like everyone around me so I wouldn’t stand out or be noticed.

Then I was an actress which is different than being a chameleon. I was a character in the play of my life just saying scripted words to fit the occasion or event.  That was harder than being a chameleon…acting is tough.  Keeping track of the parts you are playing can be exhausting.  During my acting days I was a bit of a rebel, a quiet rebel to be sure, but a rebel all the same. Playing the characters I wanted without thought to consequences.

With whatever persona I used I was an outsider.  I am still an outsider and I am okay with this.  I think most introverts are solitary people.  I have learned to be content with being different. Listening to my own music within.  No longer playing parts or trying to fit in.  Growing up has its pains and becoming who you really are is not for wimps.  It takes courage.

Pet the cat to see the words of others.
Pet the cat to see the words of others.

On Wednesday, the 25th, there will be this quote to write about:

I do know my own mind. The trouble is my mind changes and then
I have to get acquainted with it all over again.
Lucy Maud Montgomery

13 thoughts on “Courage to be…In Other Words

  1. This is the story of my life too, and I now that “acting’ part well. I spent a lot of time rebelling, and that often led me in directions that didn’t work out well. But now that I am older I can look back on those days and smile, and realize how little I really knew about life when I thought I knew it all! 🙂 I love your introspective posts, Patricia, I think we are a lot alike in many ways.

    1. Acting and rebelling didn’t work out well for me either. I cannot say I look back and smile, but I don’t dwell on regrets. I am an introspective person…comes with being an introvert I think. Hopefully, my telling my story is not TMI or….boring.

  2. I think it is so much easier to be in the later years of our lives than when we were trying to be someone else in our 20s and 30s. It’s like a breath of fresh air!

    1. As they say “with age comes wisdom” and “youth is wasted on the young” and “if I knew then what I know now”. Since my 50th birthday, more than a decade ago, life has been so much simpler and happier. The angst is gone.:)

  3. It really takes courage to be what we want to be or to be and to show who we really are.
    It takes courage to be real & to accept reality!
    Thanks for the nice quote & for hosting, Patricia!

    1. “t takes courage to be real & to accept reality!” Amen to that. Thank you, Anita, for commenting and participating in the hop. I enjoy reading your thoughts.

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