A few years ago, although I didn’t know it at the time, I was at a bad place. I was unable to speak for myself, and I stopped being true to myself and my voice. I stopped listening to what my heart and soul said, and I listened to what I thought was right in order to stay happy.
I was wrong.
Now, as a woman on the brink of turning 23, I’ve realized that my voice is something I need to hold close to me. I’ve learned to put myself first, and to go after what I really want.
What do I really want?
For my voice to be heard.
I wrote about how I rediscovered my voice last month, and how empowering it was. On Friday, when I attended the 10th anniversary of Out of the Box, I realized how important it is for me to have an outlet for my thoughts, words, and writing.
Out of the Box is that outlet for me, and, despite the hesitation I felt at it a few years ago, as well as the unmentionable reasons that held me back, I’m glad I found my way back. The universe works in funny ways, and it was definitely in my stars to find my way back to such a warm, inviting place. Without it, I’d be lost and silent, which is a deadly combination.
Thank you, Out of the Box, for giving me a chance to find myself again. Happy 10 years!
We celebrated! With cake!
photos courtesy of the Out of the Box Facebook page