I was waiting for the perfect moment…the perfect article, perfectly written, perfectly perfect for my perfect readers.
Reality is, fuck it! I’m a work in progress. I love to write, I love to share and those two things are reasons ENOUGH to put my blog out there and introduce it once and for all.
Welcome to the Im’Possible Journey – My Life to the Extraordinary. I talk about whatever comes to mind. I am creating a life of authenticity, a life well lived – full of emotions (the great and the not-so-great), adventure, memories and most importantly No Regrets!
Today, I gathered pieces of wisdom from a book titled “Being Perfect” by Anna Quindelen. Perfectionism is something that has crippled me my whole life. My hair, my makeup, the way I would talk, walk.. everything! I wanted to fit in with groups, with society, so I continued to be somebody I wasn’t so that others would “like me”. This thing called “approval” was far more important to me than being authentic.
Truth is, it backfired. I didn’t fit in! I was still different. I became incredible at camouflaging myself to fit into any group setting. However, when the mask came off after a long day, that’s when I was able to breathe. I write today to share that I’m working towards the “real” me. Who is that? Well… for starters, I don’t give a fuck what people think of me. I carry myself high, speak my mind and let my personality shine bright! I do things that bring me joy, laughter and peace.
[ Now, don’t get me wrong. I love dressing up, applying red lipstick, having my nails done, posting selfies, the whole nine yards. The difference is owning my voice and power when I don’t have it together and not allowing what others may think of me cripple me from speaking up and being 100% confident.] – edited 4/22/18
The talented Fatima-Zahra has been fighting SO long and hard to free herself from the prison created from old cultures/traditions/society! I choose to unleash and become Reborn!
I want to share a few quotes from the book that resonated with me, and I hope they too create a spark for you!
“Being perfect became like carrying a backpack filled with bricks every single day.”
“What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
Living with the following expectations: “A world that often likes to color within the lines when a spray of paint, a scribble of crayon, would be much more satisfying.”
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
Thank you, Megan for sharing this gift with me in 2015. It’s been almost 3 years since I opened this book and it was exactly what I needed today!
“Once you’ve read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason ever to write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time ever has. That is her own personality, her own voice. If she is doing Fitzgerald imitations, she can stay home. If she is giving readers what she thinks they want instead of what she is, she should stop typing. But if her books reflect her character, the authentic shape of her life and her mind, then she may well be giving readers a new and wonderful gift. Giving it to herself, too.” – Anna Quindlen
Fatima-Zahra (Once called Queen of Heaven and so I will use that title today!)
Be Bold. Be Fearless. Be Kind. Be Authentic. Be Grateful. Be You.