DailyBlog: The Best Part Of Being Me

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For the sake of blogging, self-exploration, and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list

Today’s Question: What’s the best part of being you?

This is an awkward question, I hate it! Lol.

I appreciate that I’ve ALWAYS been the type of person who has thought about the things that I’ve been told and I’ve never taken anything at face value. I’ve always been my own person and I’ve been very stubborn about it at times, but because of that, I’m very secure in my autonomous identity.

It hasn’t always been easy and I used to feel like I had to “fight” to be my own person when I was a kid. I felt like the ‘black sheep‘ of my family because my hobbies, interests, and even beliefs (religious and otherwise) differed from my family’s. I was raised Catholic but even by the age of 10 or 11 I disagreed with the teachings and I refused confirmation when I was fourteen.

I grew up in suburbia being told things like “when you get married” and “when you have kids”. My sister grew up to follow that pattern, immersed in the suburban lifestyle with two kids and a minivan whereas I lead a very different life. I’ve never been married and I don’t want to be. I’m child-free. I live in an apartment in the city. I work full-time and I’m lucky enough to love my job. I have horses. I have dogs and cats. I’ve published three books thus far. When I was a kid I always said I wanted to have a ton of animals, I wanted to have horses, and I wanted to be an author. You can’t get more authentic than growing up to be exactly who you declared you wanted to be as a kid.

Yes, I can confidently say that the best part of being me is knowing exactly who I am and never allowing the pressure of who anyone else ever wanted me to be to change my authenticity one single bit. 🙂

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