"The process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights."
Today I feel like I need to get something off of my chest. Yesterday, I had a great friend ask me to sing in front of a few people I had just met. Singing is something that I use to have a passion for, but lost that passion due to some internal issues and past experiences that I won't get into. As a child, whenever something was going on that was bothering me, my mother told me to just put on my headphones and sing. It wasn't something that I believed I was talented at, it was just a theraputic relaxtion tehnique that really worked. As I got older and involved more in the church, I actually started hearing from people that I had a good voice and singing was actually a talent of mine. Reluctant to believe them, I got up and finally started singing in front of the public. It felt good, I felt like I found a niche that allowed me to express myself and also feel free. However, all it took was one instance that changed that forever. Last night after being pressured by my "great friend" (just kidding) I sang. It was beyond emotional. The feelings I had of being glad, sad, fear, hurt, shame, anger, all hit me at once. It bothered me the whole entire night. However, today I feel strong, more confidant, I feel like I'm back in control, especially in my own life. Today, I feel empowered. To all my readers, whatever it is bothering you, I ask you get up and fight that feeling, because today, feeling empowered, is empowering.