Watch Where You’re Walking

Today marks one month of beginning Free The Truth. (And it’s really close to my birthday; I’m turning 28 again this year.)

It has been fantastic. Sure, there have been some adjustments, but well worth the sacrifice.

Hold up, what’s that you say?  I shouldn’t be telling all this stuff to people on the internet?

Oh, you have some more things you need to tell me.  You are tired of calling me to tell me about our next meeting and wish I would just get a Facebook already. While you’re at it, you think I should just get regular food and supplies at Wal-Mart like everyone else, you think it’s stupid that I gave up my cell phone, and you feel personally inconvenienced that my privacy requests burden your life. (4 years now; no cell phone, no regrets!)

Mostly, you just wonder why I have to be so difficult.

Well let me tell you something, this is my path, so get off it!

Unbeknownst to me, there are people who think I need to be walking on the same path that everyone else is walking on. As if I am hurting them by choosing to blaze my own trail and form my own opinions on what is healthy for me and my family. These people step on me, laugh at my dreams, and try to knock me off my path.

Who are they to tell me how I should be walking, when they have never danced in my shoes? More so, who am I to think I should have to listen to them?

My world does not revolve around social trends and fake niceties. I do not have to entertain the man while he goes through my underwear drawer.  And I don’t care that you went through all that trouble to assign me a number and you are bothered that I’m not walking in line with the rest of them.

I blaze my own trail because I know what is best for me. This is what makes me feel good.

I do not judge those that huddle with the masses. If that is your journey, do what you like.  Should you feel the need to swerve out of the crowd, please, meander every which direction like a beautiful bumble bee.

But for me, I want to climb this mountain. I know what it is like to stay down on the plateau. It doesn’t work for me. I want to see what other possibilities are out there if I dare to open my mind.

And you, my friend, who has only lifted me and supported me on this journey, “Get off my Path!”

You have your own trail to blaze. Our Journeys cannot possibly be exactly the same and we should not judge each other if they differ.

For much of this life, we may walk close enough to hold hands or pull each other up. But don’t be afraid to veer left if the wind propels you. This is your journey, and the center of it does revolve around you.

My universe, it revolves around me and those closest to me. I will not apologize for making these changes. I will not cower or feel ashamed that I have chosen different from you.

This is my Journey. This is my Truth. This is the Path that I choose to take; go get your own.

(Said with all the love I have to give. Comments and critique welcome and appreciated. Just know that negative comments will not affect me so profoundly that my behaviors or opinions change enough for you to decrease your judgments upon me. Only you can do that.)

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