(Birthday Thoughts: Isaiah 60:1)
You Only Live Once (Y.O.L.O)…A beautiful phrase coined by someone very wise! As I celebrate my 16th birthday for the 15th time today (do the quick maths)…. I am sooo thankful that I have finally started to live my life. Mine. Not my neighbor’s, or the one I think people expect me to be living. Mine, and of course God’s, because I am not my own.
Something switched in my heart last year. I realized that I had been living life in fear, mostly of people’s opinions. I wanted to please everyone, and so I was never consistently happy. Then I came close to death, and realized that I have one chance at life. That this is my life, not some rehearsal, and I am the only Beatrice Byemanzi there will ever be. God created me EXACTLY the way I am for a purpose, and as long as I do not embrace and celebrate myself, I will hold back so many. I accepted that each one of us has a unique path in life, and no one path is more important than another. They are simply different. So, I am HAPPY. I love my life. I want more. I want to die EMPTIED of every deposit God placed in me.
And you know what? I ALONE HAVE THE POWER TO ALLOW MYSELF TO MOVE FORWARD. I realized that I needed MY permission to succeed more than any other person’s permission. I am still far from where I need to be, but I changed direction…
Friends, you are never truly free until you are free from the unhealthy fear of other people’s opinions.
Today, GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION to first of all BE YOU. Stop trying to be like another person you think is way cooler. They are taken.
And then GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO SUCCEED. Refuse to live in fear. God created you as you are for a specific purpose that no one else can accomplish. ARISE AND SHINE! The world awaits!
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.