Sharon Rose, age 29 and in the second quarter of life answers the question:
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR LIFE PRESENTLY? DO YOU WANT MORE? WHY?
Right now in this moment, I love my life with every ounce of my being. I am ecstatic about the opportunities that present themselves, in such a deep gratitude for the mentors I have had along the way, and in love with the creative process of living a life fully embodied. The amount of love and support that surrounds me is overflowing personally and interpersonally. For the first time in my life, I am balanced—giving and receiving in exponential ways. I experience life moment-to-moment while holding a vision for something greater in the future, whenever the future chooses to arrive. I trust in divine timing, the idea that all is happening exactly when it is meant to.
It has taken me time to get here—the place where I know I have arrived. The place where I am in love with myself, sure of my heart’s intentions, and willing to take risks in the pursuit of my dreams, creating my reality.
I am no longer a seeker, looking outside of myself for assurances, acceptance, or validation. I am no longer hoping for a future that seems out of reach, imagining what it would be like to live in some other type of life that I think would be better than the one I am currently living, or creating my reality from fear.
I have arrived at an internal knowing of peace and love, contentment, curiosity, and above all else, gratitude. Of course, there are days that are trying, relationships that push my buttons, lessons to be learned, and awareness to be had. I get knocked off center, lose my temper, and create outrageous stories in my head when things are not fitting into the box I want. These are all part of my spiritual practice which, for me, is living life to the greatest expression of self every day. My current state of being—joy—is a reflection of how quickly I bounce back from less-than- grand experiences. In knowing this, I find gratitude for my hardships.
I have spent the better half of my twenties just trying to be okay and it’s in the last year of this decade that I write this. I am so much more than okay. I have learned how to be responsible not for what happens in my life but, rather, how I respond to what happens in my life, great and not so great. I learned two tools that help me with this every day: acceptance and forgiveness. I have taken a good hard look at my life, my realities, my behaviors, my contributions to the hardships and, using these tools, created something beautiful from all of it. By accepting what happens, forgiving when necessary, both self and others, I move through life with ease and grace, taking action to be more of the woman I know I am in my heart.
My greatest transformation came through my own self-reflections and decisions to be and do life differently. It took and continues to take a daily awareness and willingness to show up in my truth, express my power, and use my voice in a way that inspires me from within. From this place, I can face my fears with courage, leading with love, trust, and faith in my everyday life.
There is not much more I want except to spread the message of faith, responsibility, and trust in one’s own self. Through my faith in the Goddess, trust in my intuition, and a willingness to take action, I have created a life of unconditional awareness, love, expression, creativity, and truth. This self-realization and actualization have the opportunity to change the way people live their lives and how our future generations will interact with themselves, their peers, and their planet.