I woke up this morning with the word determination echoing in my head. I put on some music and organized my day. I have a lot to do today and no idea if I can get it all done. Determination wouldn't let go, though. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that one word pretty much sums up my life.
Growing up, I heard no a lot.
Don't touch that.
No, you can't go there.
No, you can't have that toy.
No, you can't draw properly.
No, you can't be a part of our clique.
Some of the time, I needed to hear the word no. I learned to not touch a hot pot or the stove. I learned artwork is for looking, not touching. I learned the value of money and in order to get the toy/book I wanted, I had to earn it.
But there were some no's that were told to me for negative reasons. A teacher telling me I couldn't draw. The popular girls at school telling me I couldn't be their friend. People telling me I couldn't do something.
No. No. No. No.
Every time I heard the word no, my skin prickled. I soon got tired of people telling me I couldn't do or be something. I looked deep inside myself and there sitting in my heart was...
What is determination? Determination is the belief in yourself and your abilities. Determination is shutting out the negative voices and moving forward. Determination is looking obstacles in the eye and saying loud enough for them to hear, "YES I CAN!"
Are you facing a few obstacles in your life and the word No?
You are filled with strength and you can do anything. Don't listen to the No's. When the world says NO, believe in yourself and all that you are!!!