She realised 

She realised she was the only self she could be—and not being unapologetically true to herself was a disservice to her soul and the world. She had stopped listening to the noise of the world. She realised the quiet voice of her own soul was the most beautiful sound.

She had stopped questioning her motives, her intentions, the call of her soul. She realised questions seek answers, and maybe she already knew the answers.
She was ready to stop striving, forcing, pushing through and staying on the hard path.She realised toughing things out might be a sign to pick another path.

She had stopped with friends that admonished her to be more light and breezy. She realised they didn’t understand she swam in the deep waters of life, she felt at home in their dark depths and died if she lived on the surface.

She had stopped with the distractions, the denials, the small addictions that pulled her away from the true desires of her soul. She realised that strength of character came from focus and commitment.

She had stopped not following the desires that yelled out in her soul every day. She realised if she did nothing about them, they died a quiet death that took a piece of her soul with them.

She had stopped with dinner parties and cocktail hours where conversations skimmed the surface of life. She realised the beverages created distortion and a temporary happiness that wasn’t real and disappeared in the light of the day.
She had stopped trying to please everyone. She realised it could never be done.

She had stopped questioning herself. She realised her heart knew the truth and she needed to follow it.

She had stopped analyzing all the options, weighing the pros and cons and trying to figure everything out before leaping. She realised   that taking a leap implied not fully seeing where she landed.

She had stopped battling with herself, trying to change who she knew herself to be. Sherealised  the world made it hard enough to fully be herself, so why add to the challenge.

She had stopped worrying, as if worry was the price she had to pay to make it all turn out okay. She realised worry didn’t need to be part of the process.

She had stopped apologizing and playing small to make others feel comfortable and fit in. She realised fitting in was overrated and shining her light made others brave enough to do the same.

She had stopped  with the should’s, ought to’s and have to’s of the world. She realised the only must’s in her life came from things that beat so strong in her soul, she couldn’t not do them.

She had stopped with remorse and could have’s. She realised hindsight never applies because circumstances always look different in the rearview mirror and you experience life looking through the front window.

She had stopped with friendships based on shared history and past experiences. She realised if friends couldn’t grow together, or were no longer following the same path, it was okay to let them go.

She had stopped trying to fit in—be part of the popular crowd. She realised the price she had to pay to be included was too high and complete betrayed to her soul.

She had stopped not trusting. She realised she had placed her trust in people that were untrustworthy—so she would start with the person she could trusted the most. Herself.

She had stopped being tired. She realised it came from spending her time doing things that didn’t bring her joy or feed her soul.

She had stopped trying to figure it all out, know the answers, plan everything and see all the possibilities before she began. Sherealised  life was unfolding and that the detours and unexpected moments were some of the best parts.

She had stopped needing to be understood by anyone but herself. She realised she was the only person she would spend her whole with and understanding herself was more important than being understood by others.

She had stopped being tuned in, connected and up-to-date all the time. She realised the news and noise of the world was always there—a cacophony that never slowed or fell quiet and that listening to the silence of her soul was a better station to tune into.

She had stopped beating herself up and being so hard on herself as if either of these things led to changes or made her feel better. She realised kindness and compassion towards herself and others accomplished more.

She had stopped comparing and looking at other people’s lives as a mirror for her own. She realised holding her own mirror cast her in the best, most beautiful light.

She had stopped being quiet, unemotional and holding her tongue. She realised her voice and her emotions could be traced back to her deepest desires and longings if she only followed their thread.

She had stopped having to be right. Sherealised  everyone’s truth was relative and personal to themselves, so the only right that was required was the one that felt true for her.

She had stopped not feeling at home in the world. She realised she might never feel at home in the world, but that feeling at home in her soul was enough.

She had stopped being drained by others—by people who didn’t want to take the time for their own process and saw shortcuts though hers. She realised she could share her experience, but everyone needed to do the work themselves.
She had stopped thinking she had so much to learn. She realized she already knew so much, if she only listened.

She had stopped trying to change others or make them see things. She realised she could only lead by example and whether they saw or followed was up to them.

She had stopped with the inner critic. She realised its voice was not her own.

She had stopped racing and being discontent with where she was. She realised the present moment held all it needed to get her to the next moment. It wasn’t out there, it was right here.

She had stopped seeing hurt as something to be avoided, foreseen or somehow her fault. She realised hurt shaped her as much as joy and she needed both to learn and grow.

She had stopped judging. She realised judging assumed the presence of right and wrong—and that there was a difference between using information to inform and making someone else wrong.

She had stopped jumping to conclusions. She realized she only needed to ask.

She had stopped with regrets. She realised if she had known better she would have done better.

She had stopped being angry. She realised anger was just a flashlight that showed her what she was most scared of and once it illuminated what she needed to see, she no longer needed to hold on to it.

She hadcstopped being sad. She realised sorrow arose when she betrayed her own soul and made choices that weren’t true to herself.

She had stopped  playing small. She realised if others couldn’t handle her light, it was because they were afraid of their own.

She had stopped with the facades and the pretending. She realised masks were suffocating, nauseating and terribly claustrophobic.

She had stopped with others’ criticism and complaints. She realised they told her nothing about herself—only informed her of their perspective.

She had stopped yelling above the noise of the world. She realised living out loud could be done quietly.

She had stopped needing permission, validation or authority. She realised she was her her own authority.

She had stopped being something she was not. She realised the purpose of life was to be truly, happily who she was born to be…and if she paused long enough to remember, she recognised herself.

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