For twenty-five years I was a rule follower. The problem with being a rule follower is - there are no rules! I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the rules to the game of life. I ended up in a really unhappy place. I had the 'Perfect Life" (i.e.: large house, successful husband, college degree, friends, etc.) However, having the perfect life wasn't enough. After twenty-five years, I began to wonder - will I ever be happy?
With that question in mind, I started to think about what made me happy. Once I figured this out, I started to create a plan to help me become truly happy. I now realize that I was compromising who I was to try to make others happy - to make myself fit into their lives. I kept striving to be better in hopes that I would become 'good enough' for them. The problem: I would never be enough for those people - they always wanted more.
I kept trying to play by others rules. However, as I started to pursue my passions I realized that there were a lot of people who wanted to be with me just because I was Sharon - and not for somebody I am not. I had to accept the FACT that I am enough. If I offend/make someone mad, then too bad. I refuse to live in fear of others. I cannot live my life by their unknown rules. I have to live my life my way. If I make a mistake, that is ok! In fact, mistakes are how we learn and grow.
This realization has led me to the life that I have today. Over the past two and a half years I have become a stronger, more confident person who can do anything she sets her mind to. The pictures above is just a sample of some of the amazing adventures that I have experienced, both personally and professionally, over the past two and a half years. These experiences would not have been possible if I had not made my own rules. By believing in myself and knowing that I am enough, I have accomplished more that I ever dreamed of when I was a rule follower. Now, I have even bigger dreams and I will accomplish them because I am Sharon and I am enough!
-Artist: Helen Reddy from "Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits": EMI ST 11467
-peak Billboard position # 1 for 1 week in 1972
-Words and Music by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton