Writer’s Weekend Edition – You’re Still You

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Today’s post will be a short one. I really only have one thing I want to tell you:

You’re still you.

Maybe you’re feeling like the world has gone mad; or maybe it seems like it’s always been mad, but you’re only noticing now, and it’s like waking up to find out that your bad dream wasn’t a dream at all.

What’s happening isn’t normal, but you’re still you.

Maybe you’re feeling disappointed about the way 2016 turned out for your personally. Maybe you didn’t meet your goals. Maybe your heart was broken. Maybe you lost your way.

I know it hurts, but you’re still you.

Maybe you are feeling doubtful or guilty about your creative endeavors. Maybe you’re worried that they are an indulgence, or that they don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Maybe you’re second guessing yourself.

I understand your fear, but you’re still you.

No matter what happens around you, no matter what people say, no matter how many setbacks you experience – You’re. Still. You. You are who you’ve always been and you’re always growing into the person you’re meant to be. What happens around you can touch you and influence you and affect your emotions, but it can’t change who you are unless you let it. All those forces exist outside of you. They aren’t really part of who you are in your heart, and  your heart is where your stories come from.

It’s okay to take time to grieve. It’s okay to give yourself space to worry and question and process all the change in your life. And, it’s okay to step back for a minute and just let it all wash over you. Just remember, always remember, that you are still you. Your stories are still your stories. Your voice is still your voice. That hasn’t changed. That will never change. And, that is your greatest strength and your most brilliant light. So, be you, be strong, and shine your light in the darkness. We need it more than ever.

xo

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Jamie Lee Wallace Hi. I’m Jamie. I am a content writer and branding consultant, columnist, sometime feature writer, prolific blogger, and aspiring fiction writer. I’m a mom, a student of equestrian arts, and a nature lover. I believe in small kindnesses, daily chocolate, and happy endings. Introduce yourself on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. I don’t bite … usually.

This post originally appeared on the Live to Write – Write to Live blog.
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23 thoughts on “Writer’s Weekend Edition – You’re Still You

    • So glad to hear that, Andrew. In the immortal words of Billy Joel, “I love you just the way you are.” 😉

  1. -A-men. Be certain that you are LIGHT. then darkness can not ‘consume’ you. One speck of light makes a dark room lighter and that is the absolute truth.

    • And the most beautiful thing is that we each shine light in our own, unique way – illuminating the world with a kaleidoscope of rainbow colors. Magic.

  2. Reblogged this on LIVE and commented:
    This is a poem I hope to recite one day to my students and carve it in my memory to help anyone in the moment of distress. I already see myself speaking it impromptu to those of my people who’ve been devastated by concluding days of 2016. Jamie, this is such a wonderful outpouring.

  3. Pingback: Writer’s Weekend Edition – This Is Who I Am | Live to Write – Write to Live

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