Who are you now?

The stories that replay in your head can be so loud.

The things they said, you thought were true.

The way you used to feel shows up in your now, taking you back to when you were three when your father left, when you were twelve when the kids on the playground made fun of you, or from your more recent past when you chose yourself instead of him.

Echoes from your past,

“Who do you think you are?”

“Get over it.”

“You’re not as good as her or as pretty as her.”

“You’ll never amount to anything.”

“Put up and shut up.”

The voice of scorn, “Your work isn’t good enough”, “No one will ever want to marry you”, “You want too much,” or, “You think the whole universe revolves around you, don’t you?” (Well yes, as a matter of fact it does, thank you.)

Don’t let the old voices validate who you are. They’re not trying to keep you down, sabotage or derail you. They’re just outdated things you decided to believe a long time ago. They’re stories of your past that don’t have to define you - they only helped create you.

You don’t have to beat them down, destroy or conquer them.

You’re a different you. Life causes your expansion.

Open the boxes, set those voices free.

Who are you now?