You Own Everything That Happened to You

Anne Lamott, You Own Everything That Happened to You, Elaina Avalos, Elaina M. Avalos

I’ve held back. I’ve held back personally, professionally, and in my writing. I’ve been quiet when I should have been loud. I’ve shrunk back from speaking the truth. More importantly, I’ve done that in my writing – in ways I hate to admit.

You own everything that happened to you. I own everything that happened to me. I won’t be holding back – in how I live, how I write, and what I write. Whether it’s the truth about the hurt (and who has hurt me), the love, or the great joys in life – it’s all fair game, going forward. I’ve lived in the shadow of other people’s expectations for too long.

I refuse to do so any longer.