IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO FIND YOUR PRETTY PRINCESS
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and wondered where the time went, you are not alone.
You may feel like time is passing you by and you’ve yet to discover who you are. It may seem daunting, but one thing we can’t do is give up the search for the Pretty Princess inside of us.
Many times we fall into and remain in roles that begin to define who we are in the eyes of others. For me, I am a daughter, a wife, and a mother (room mom, team mom, all-around Awesome Snack Provider). None of those are bad things by any stretch of the imagination. However, I needed, no longed to be me. The problem was I had no idea who I was or where to start. It’s just been recently that I’ve made a concerted effort to find me, The Pretty Princess.
Do you shed your other titles? Of course not. But in order to survive in the world we live in, it is vitally important to know who you are and whose you are. Once you’ve made that revelation, you will be much better in your current roles.
No matter where you are in life, or what state you’re in, do not, I repeat, do not adopt the “it’s too late for me” attitude. If you can still hear the violins, maybe these ladies will give you the much needed inspiration. I wonder where the world would be if they hadn’t discovered their Pretty Princess.
At age 41 Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity
At age 40 Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics
At age 49 Susan B. Anthony founded (with friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton) the National Woman’s Suffrage Association
If you’re still not convinced, here are a few things that helped me when I thought it was too late for me to have the quality of life I was meant to enjoy:
1. Get to know yourself. Make a list of your likes and dislikes, your dreams, goals and desires. Decide to carve out a little “Me” time each week and chip away at your list. This doesn’t mean that “Me” time turns into permanently abandoning your family or friends. It just means that you designate a little quiet time here and there for yourself
2. Try different things. It’s easy to get stuck in the complacency or routine rut. Take up a hobby that’s always been of interest to you or try something so out of the ordinary for you that you surprise yourself.
3. Meet new people. Just make sure they have your best interest in mind and are positive. Negativity can be contagious, and that’s one of the last things you need when you decide to travel this journey.
4. Daily devotions. Reading God’s word always gives me a clear, concise definition of who I am. Remember, He called all of us by name. If this is not for you, choose other forms of affirmation to help you.
You may find bits and pieces of your Pretty Princess in the strangest places. That’s more than okay. I don’t know about you, but finding those little nuggets about myself are the surprises that brighten my day.
It's human nature for us to be impatient. We want to jump right to Queen without finding and relishing in being a Princess. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be queen? It sounds better and then there’s that issue of power. Whoa, not so fast! I challenge you to take the time to find the Pretty Princess within you. Once you find her, even the smallest part of her, embrace her and love her. Then you can help someone else discover the Pretty Princess inside of her.
C’mon Princesses! After reading this, how can you still think it’s too late?
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1Timothy 4:16