Lately, I’ve been frequently asked how I feel since Dare to Be Authentic – Vol.4 – Let Yourself Shine was completed. The first thing that pops in my head is SURREAL! Note, that I am not a person who likes pictures taken, selfies or anything that deals with me in the public eye. So when I see MY picture on the book cover and I wrote an actual chapter, that to me is surreal. I am officially a published author! Me!
So how has becoming an author changed my frame of mind and how I currently feel in general?
First, I will begin thanking friends, family and readers for the wonderful support I’ve experienced since the book became available about a month ago. What really feels nice is the ability and freedom to let out some of those harbored emotions and thoughts that I kept in all these years and realize how much I have grown and evolved. There is something to be said about talking things out. It really helps to open your mind and have a clearer vision of who you were, who you are now, and where you are headed. The people you choose to surround yourself with is no exception. They can make or break a lot of your decisions and the thoughts that drive you to them. But I have always believed that nothing is by accident. The people and experiences that I’ve had along the way I strongly believe were no coincidence; whether good nor bad. Regardless of how we perceive things, being present in the moment allows us to gain a life lesson. We begin to observe how we handle experiences and how are we going to apply what we learned to our future self.
I am so thankful for this writing experience which taught me to be more compassionate, empathetic, and sympathetic; especially toward the other author’s authentic stories. What I didn’t know is how becoming a writer would further enhance my gift of listening; which is actually the main topic and angle for what I authored, titled Chapter 3 -“Changing Trajectory”.
Now I can’t help but always wonder, what’s next?