A challenge was posted for people to figure out what the statement, I AM ENOUGH, means to them. This is my story.
For years, I tried to do everything. I was trying to please everyone and tried to be as involved as I possibly could in everything. I put so much aside so that I could be the person that everyone else could count on and sometimes, that still was not enough. I was stressed out, tired and running on empty.
As I started to do things that made me happy, started saying no to others when I really didn't want to or couldn't do something and taking care of myself; I was starting to realize that I was becoming a better me.
I realized that even if I wasn't on the PTO board, even if I wasn't at every meeting, even if I wasn't at every kid-friendly event or activity and even if I didn't cook homemade meals everyday....I was enough.
People start to make these realizations through many different avenues. For me, I found myself thinking a lot when I started to put myself first. For years, I was doing everything for everyone else and not doing very much for me. One turning point for me was when I started running. It may seem strange to others that running would bring about such an internal change in a person. However, as I started to further my distance and I started to improve on my timing, I found someone. I found the person inside of me that I've always been but couldn't see. I found me.
I found that I was able to do something I didn't think I could do. I found that I am worth it and I am enough.
I was able to climb and overcome hurdles in the road.
I was able to convince my entire family to fun a 5k! (1k for the little guy)
I was able to find myself and realize that I AM ENOUGH.
I am enough for me, I am enough for my family and I am enough for everyone else who finds me valuable. I must say, it feels so very good to be enough.