Sherry Sobey is living a fearless life that she orchestrates, with endless possibilities.
I’m not that remarkable.
That was the very first thought that entered my mind when asked to participate in this project. Then I reflected on the topic, “the pursuit of happiness,” and I connected there.
If you had asked me growing up what I wanted to be, I would have simply replied, “happy.” It was never about a certain career, an accomplishment, or anything tangible, really. Simply to be happy was all I dreamed of. I believe having that as my focus, combined with the gift to lose myself in a meditative type of drawing from the age of seven, was what helped me survive nine years of physical, mental, and sexual abuse as a child. I was able to leave my body and find safety in that dream. It truly saved me.
I knew I was going to survive, and once I had the opportunity, I would find happiness. Asking to be taken from my family home and placing myself in care at the age of thirteen was when my real life began. It was then I experienced safety, encouragement, and genuine care from others. My confidence and belief that I was deserving started to settle inward. I never wanted to look back for fear I might hear the voices that told me I was stupid and made me feel worthless. Eventually, I became stronger than the voice, was able to face it head-on, and release the shame I held deep within, along with all the dirty secrets.
I will forever carry those bags, but the difference is, I repacked that suitcase myself and got rid of the things that didn’t serve me in my pursuit. Every day I look for the good and practice gratitude for the journey thus far. I know life is not always going to be rosy, but I also know I can overcome anything!
I will rise to the challenge whenever the threat to take that happiness away appears, and most of all I know my purpose, I know myself, and I am living a fearless life that I orchestrate and believe the possibilities are endless. My head and my heart are in sync, and in that I trust.
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