© 2017 by Elizabeth Odders-White

© Elizabeth Odders-White 2017

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One Day

 

When she was little, she heard her parents talking about “grown-up” things.  She wanted to be just like them, so she talked about grown-up things, too.  But she still felt small.

 

When she went off to college, she heard her professors talking about “important” things.  She wanted to be just like them, so she talked about important things, too.  But she still felt insignificant.

 

When she began her career, she heard her colleagues talking about “serious” things.  She wanted to be just like them, so she talked about serious things, too.  But she still felt invisible.

 

Until one day, years later, when the time was just right and she was far too tired to muster even a single drop of energy to talk about grown-up, important, or serious things, she dropped all resistance and finally gave up. 

 

From then on, she heard a little voice inside her talking about all sorts of things.  She wanted to honor it, so she simply listened.  Then slowly, tentatively, she found the courage to talk about all sorts of things, too.  And as the years of lies fell away, she experienced for the first time the true enormity of all that she is.