I Did It My Way, And That’s Okay

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“If I had done it her way, I would’ve stayed at that job forever.

If I had done it his way, I would’ve actually gone to dentistry school.

If I had done it their way, I would’ve taken that promotion and never had the health or time to grow my family.

If I had done it his way, I would’ve skipped the audition and moved back home.

If I had done it their way, we would’ve stayed friends, and I would never have the capacity for finding my true people and my true self.

If I had done it his way, I would’ve quit writing.

And hers.

And hers.

(And probably hers, too).

All of these ways are routes people I love or used to love pushed for me to go down.

Again and again and again.

And again and again, sometimes harder than others, sometimes steering off course and righting myself after some time, I stayed my own course—ignoring ‘their way,’ striving to stay the course I know God laid out for me.

All of these ways are not the way.

We all have others voicing ‘their ways’ for our lives in many different capacities.

All of these ways are formed by people who may know us but didn’t create us for a specific purpose.

All of these ways would likely keep us from all of the best things in our lives.

Whatever path you are choosing, whatever decision you are thinking down through, be it a dream or a move or what have you…

I hope you are holding onto yourself so tight.

I hope you are listening to His voice so closely.

I hope you are remembering to not abandon yourself on the journey.

It is uniquely and beautifully yours—created and perfected with just you in mind.

Keep going.”

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Courtesy of Kelsey Pfleiderer

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Kelsey Pfleiderer of Islamorada, Florida. Follow her journey on Instagram here. Submit your own story here and be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories, and YouTube for our best videos.

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