There is a beautiful lady in my graduate class.
Long legs. Chocolate skin tone. Always in a pair of heels. Holds designer handbags.
I don’t think there are many people who can pull off her grace and confidence. Absolutely stunning!
She is what every 20-year-old wishes to look like in her 30s. And every 30-year-old hopes to look like in her 40s.
When I stare at her, I imagine her life.
She seems like a gorgeous hardworking woman. So, she must have a life full of joy, laughter and happiness.
Has been married for 6 years, 2 kids, travels a lot. Boy, does she travel!
In reality, she is struggling to feed her two kids. Her husband lives miles away from her. She sees him twice a year.
She has been looking for a job for the last four years.
Travels to her home country often just to maintain her citizenship. That’s why she is in and out of the country often.
But if things don’t look up soon, she might have to move back home with her family because life is hard. Very hard.
There is a beautiful couple I met when I was ten, maybe eleven.
You know, the age where all you know about love is gazing into each other’s eyes and riding into the sunset.
I made a promise to myself then, that when I grew up, I would marry a guy who gazed straight into my eyes and sat as close as that guy did to his wife.
They looked like a happy couple. Always sharing sweet smiles.
They had a little dark-haired son. Beautiful eyes. He loved to play outside.
Smiled a lot. Cried a lot. But all kids cry a lot…or so I thought.
Their kid had a rare sickness.
The parents tried everything. Until their only hope was church, and a miracle.
I pray that the little boy grew into a young man with dreams. Dreams so big he is out there excelling right now.
There is a young local celebrity from my hometown who seems to have it all.
Money, independence, fame…name it.
Half of the women, and men want to be like her when they grow up.
To the world, she has everything.
She recently lost her only child and has been questioning the meaning of life since.
The gift of motherhood was taken from her.
And she wants it back. But she is afraid that people will judge her if she gets pregnant too soon after her loss.
Her life is miserable. But because of societal expectations, it has to remain miserable for a while. Until society is okay with her moving on.
There is a young lady, maybe a gentleman out there.
Maybe she or he is reading this article right now. Maybe not.
She looks at social media posts and truly believes that everyone has it all figured out, but her.
Pictures a beautiful life for everyone around her but for the love of God, can’t picture an amazing life for herself.
I am just not meant to be happy. Those people are lucky.
These are excuses that she has internalized overtime.
But guess what…
She is meant to be happy. She is meant to have it all. We all are!
If we only wait to claim our happiness after accomplishing particular things in life, we will never get there. It starts with appreciating the life we are living right now.
So, I challenge you right now to believe. In you and your abilities.
Start by learning to accept that your life is perfect as it is.
What you don’t like about it, change. But instead of aspiring to be like someone else, aspire to become the best version of yourself.
Work hard to live a life that you know you can. Do everything in your power to ensure that the life you live is the life you want for yourself.
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Hi, I am Angelica.
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