I was taught to be modest,
or maybe it was meek.
Things like, “If you don’t have anything nice to say…..” and
“turn the other cheek.”
I am no longer playing by those rules.
No longer hiding who I am.
A lifetime of feeling different,
afraid of being judged,
is a thing of the past.
Now that I let my true self show
I hear, “You’re classy. You’re vibrant! You glow!
I used to hide
the scar on my forehead thinking others would find me unattractive.
Nobody even notices.
I used to soften my square jaw with a long hair style, as I had been instructed to do.
My new stylist says, “It’s an asset. Show it off! It’s a strength for you.”
I cut my own hair now….ultra short punk! Showing off my square jawline and high cheekbones.
I get more compliments on my appearance than I have in my entire life!
I used to hide my art thinking it only something I liked.
Now it hangs in local establishments, in art galleries,
a bank in Texas, on a kitchen wall in Seoul.
I used to hide my writing, assuming no one would read it until after I died.
Now I share it with the world nearly every day!
I used to hide my thoughts, worrying others would think I was weird.
Now I value being different. Being unique is preferable.
Most I meet seem to love me. Now I love me too!
I used to hide my soul from myself, and everyone around me.
Now I take every opportunity to let it shine!
I am overjoyed,
to be fully Alive!
Copyright Suzanne Norton 2015