There comes a time when you must stand alone.
You must feel confident enough within yourself to follow your own dreams.
You must be willing to make sacrifices.
You must be capable of changing and rearranging your priorities so that your final goal can be achieved.
Sometimes, familiarity and comfort need to be challenged.
There are times when you must take a few extra chances and create your own realities.
Be strong enough to at least try to make your life better.
Be confident enough that you won't settle for a compromise just to get by.
Appreciate yourself by allowing yourself the opportunities to grow, develop, and find your true sense of purpose in this life.
Don't stand in someone else's shadow when it's your sunlight that should lead the way.
This beautiful writing above is from one of my favorite websites, http://www.indianchild.com/
When I read it, my first thought was this is very true and I have lived my life exactly this way, or at least I think for the most part I have. My next thought was that I so hope that my children will read this and "get it". That I will not always be there to guide them and I only hope that they know that these words speak volumes. I want them all to be so strong, so independent and I never want them to settle because it's just sometimes is easier to do just that. I never want them to allow anyone, not me or Wayne or a boyfriend or girlfriend or a spouse someday to overshadow the brilliant light that each of them shine with. Each one of our children deserve to be whatever it is that their own heart desires and whatever the future holds for them they and only they can choose to shine through it and God willing they always will.