I used to think that having a dark past meant I couldn’t lead people to the light.
As if somehow because of the decisions I made as a wounded child, I’d have to live in that story for the rest of my life.
As if somehow because of who I once was, I wasn’t allowed to be who I’m becoming.
I sat paralyzed in fear of someone “finding me out.”
But there are a few things that I know better now.
I now know that shame only hides in the shadows.
I now know that bravery and fear coexist.
I now know that it was always meant to happen this way.
And I 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸, without a doubt, that I am meant for this.
It isn’t because I’m perfect, or flawless, or better.
It isn’t because I always have the answers of what to do.
But it’s because I’ve lived through the dark and the shadows,
That I understand the light you have within you.
And ultimately, I realized, it’s because of the mess that I am absolutely, utterly, qualified for this.
And ultimately, this beautiful life I’ve created is not in spite of my darkness,
But because of it.