The song that describes my life is "Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child. Now I know, if there are any gentleman taking the time to read my daily post in this challenge, know that I am not leaving you out of the equation but beside every strong man is a strong woman.
Since we're speaking about the journey my life has taken, this song really speaks to how I was raised and how that was ultimately the only way I could think. See, I was the oldest of three children and had to be the second mother and caregiver to my grandmother with dementia. There was no time to go running into a closet and cry. I had to figure things out and learn as I went along. Personally, I do believe that's why I'm so hungry to learn everything I possibly can. Education was the only outlet for me besides drawing comic book characters.
Being the oldest comes with it's demands and I was always the first to get disciplined for everything. I do believe that this discipline is what prepared me even more for the mental rigors of basic training in the U.S Army. I used to be really serious all the time. I never really smiled and was always focused on being the first child in my family to get a college degree. I wanted to achieve this dream so bad that I was okay with serving my country in the process. I did complete my Bachelor's degree in 2006. I believe the leadership that I had to have as a child continues to help me focus and achieve what I set out to do. I guess that would seem to some that I am an independent woman with an idealistic mindset. However, I do know that reality has it's scrapes and burns and nothing comes easy just by thinking it.
Being an independent woman has allowed for me to travel to other countries, work for companies that I can't even talk about "what I did". I have experienced disappointment and successes that all came with some form of risk because I believed in myself at the end of the day. I do believe that if I don't have a foot in what I would like to achieve it will not get done. This is from my own personal experience which makes me this type of woman. I can say that being an independent woman goes hand in hand with my mindset. I couldn't be anything else. It is a part of who I am. I believe sometimes it may come off as a little cocky or arrogant but I am in no way this type of lady if you were to meet me. However, I do expect a lot from the people I work with. I have definitely become a lot more keen to civilian life since my military days. I've grown into a woman. I am an independent woman who sometimes don't have all the answers and shed tears of sadness, disappointment and joy. I rack my brain and wonder what's my next move like everyone else but I know that as long as He give me strength and the ability to learn then I have the keys to change, self-improvement, and self-discovery. And, at times, even that feels like it's not enough but I regroup and look back at how far I've come and reset my focus on what I'm working towards. This is how I see it as I journey through the unknown valleys of my acting career.
Being an independent woman is me. It is the mark I wear which helps me to appreciate the hard work sweat and tears that go into whatever I have achieved and look to achieve in the future. God has a way of whipping us all into shape and creating the man or woman that we must be to fulfill our purpose in this life before we take our final breath. It may not always be pretty but I am the independent woman I am because of those good and bad events in my life.
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