I Am What I Am
Written by KimberlyWyatt on July 24, 2009
I am what I am
I am what I am recited the drag queens from La Cage aux Folle last night at the Playhouse Theatre. I watched the show in admiration knowing the courage it takes to be yourself in a society that isn’t always compassionate for something they know little about. But still they get on stage night after night, face the odds stacked against them and shine like the stars they are. Couldn’t we all be so lucky? I am what I am, a statement so deep that reflects into the lives of us all.
I’ve had bumps in the road throughout my life and each time I fall down, no matter how long I’m down or how much it hurts, I always find the strength to get back up. When I brush off my knees and lick my wounds I become stronger and a little wiser each time. I move on with my life filled with much more awareness of the world around me. You can’t trust that everyone wants what’s best for you. Nobody knows your truth and passions like you do and nobody can live your bigger purpose quite like you can.
Don’t let the whirlwind of misery bring you down. Many people live a world of “Damsel in distress” thinking someone will come along and save them from their sorrows. Happiness can’t be found in another person. Waiting for someone to love you or believe in you will only keep you in the tower waiting for Prince Charming filled with false hope of a fairytale ending. The only person you need to believe in you, is you. Breathe life in and be your own fairytale.
Living your bigger purpose, owning your power and light and constantly growing isn’t always the easiest path but it’s the necessary path to happiness. I am what I am and that has to be good enough. I am love, I am compassion, and I am change. If others mistake me for anything other then what I know I am in my heart it’s their problem. We don’t need to prove to anyone that we are worthy when we know in our hearts we are.
When someone tries to have power over you they only succeed if you let them. Owning your power and spreading your light to every life you touch will make a difference. As we grow into the people we will become the lessons we take with us will shape our future. As the dying hands of sorrow grab the tuft of my dress, I stand tall. Charging forward and fighting battles with patience and understanding makes me who I am. Taking life into my own hands and allowing me to be my own savior is the change we’ve always hoped for.
The ladies of La Cage aux Folle are examples of freedom and self-expression. I’m not sure I would know who I am without it. Everyday pay attention to your thoughts and train them to not judge the people around you. When you are angry in any circumstance learn to forgive and take the lesson instead of the fight. “I am what I am," tell the world to get used to it.
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