Growing up my mother often spoke to me about my gifts making room for me. However, I was often advised to sit down, be quiet, stop trying to show off. I wasn't trying to show off I was just showing up. I grew up in a time where a child was suppose to stay in their place. What if the place I was suppose to stay in was too small for me? I tried to stay in that place, really I did, but needless to say I was not very successful.
Early on in life I knew that my happy place was outside of the box of the established norm. I was a very inquisitive child and I questioned everything. At the risk of getting in trouble with my mom and other adults, I still asked my questions. I wanted to know what I wanted to know because a lot of things simply made no sense to me.
I was always an adventurous spirit and therefore I tested the limits often growing up. This led me to frequently peeking over the edges of boundaries; believing that something exciting was there. My life was a little uncomfortable until I embraced the fact that I was born to live outside the box.
Although that may sound simple, it's not, because people are always trying to place me in their boxes. Mostly because they don't understand my life choices. Although, my refusal to be placed into a box may rub some people the wrong way; I am okay with that. My life has more flavor, texture, and diversity outside of the box. I am not saying that these things aren't found inside of the box; just for me outside of the box is where I best thrive.
Interesting enough I raised my children somewhat inside of the box. However, I guess it's true what they say about kids learning from the actions of their parents. Both of my children are now adults and living there lives outside of the box. The fact that they have made this choice, excites and terrifies my at the same time. Their version of out of the box looks much different than mine does. Not saying that it's good, bad, right, or wrong, just different and a little scary to me. I wonder if my mom feels the same way about my out of the box lifestyle?
Honestly, I have tried to talk some normalcy into my children but even as the words were coming out of my mouth; I already knew it was pointless. Needless to say, I am proud of my children they are both creating a life that makes them happy.
We are all created for a higher purpose than ourselves and it's up to each of us to decide if that will be best achieved inside or outside of the box. Once you make your choice then "Own It"
~One Love Diane
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works ,
are wonderful I knew that full well." (Psalm 139:14)