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  • I looked into the mirror today—just a glimpse while I washed my hands. I turned off the water and as I dried my hands, I looked back at my reflection. I paused and really looked at myself.

    I saw the scared little girl I used to be—the quiet girl who screamed inside because she hadn’t found a voice yet. I saw all the struggle and pain I’d felt in my relatively short life. And then I saw the woman who’d overcome all of those things. I saw the joy and moments of delight. I saw the dreams and the ambition and the passion. I saw talent and potential. I stopped and saw the beauty in myself. For that moment, I felt powerful and at peace.

    I remembered that I can’t control everything and that’s okay. And it’s okay to be scared. The secret is to not be paralyzed by that fear but to instead get up and face the day—face the fear and the uncertainty.

    I smiled at my reflection and the future I saw. I decided it was time to cast aside self-doubt and embrace the unknown journey ahead. I may not know what lies ahead, but I know that I’m ready to go find out. As Thoreau said, “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
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