I was every parent’s worst nightmare. Sneaking out. Drinking. Drugs. Lying. Multiple calls from the principal’s office. And a few from the police…
Yep. That was me.
When I speak of my past? A lot of people have a hard time believing I was such a troubled teenager. Probably because I did a serious 180 around the age of 17.
These days? I manage like 3 jobs. And a side business. I rarely drink on weekdays. And I talk to my mom on the phone almost every day. I get excited about things like the Whole Foods salad bar and riding my bicycle on a sunny summer day. Pretty tame if you ask me.
My friends would probably describe me as “extremely optimistic” and “driven.” I would agree with them.
In the last 10 years? I’ve changed a lot. From the way I dress and the food I eat to my overall perspective on life.
I’m quite proud of my transformation. I’ve worked my booty off to become the person I am today.
But you know what? Not everyone recognizes and accepts the changes I’ve made.Some will always see me as the unruly 16-year-old I used to be.
And guess what? That’s their problem. Not mine.
Can you relate? Have you made a significant transition? Did you run into haters?
Maybe you became a mom and lost all your drinking buddies.
Perhaps you converted to vegetarianism and got major grief from your family.
Or you received major pushback after deciding to get a divorce.
Look. Change is scary. For everyone.
But both you and I know it’s the only way to grow.
And when you grow and improve your life? It’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll meet resistance.
You’ll freak people out because they’ll start to question their own decisions. You’ll make them uncomfortable. You’ll lose friends and sometimes you’ll lose family.
It sucks. But it’s part of life. I’m writing this because I want you to remember one thing for sure….
You DO NOT have to apologize for bettering yourself. You know you’re doing the right thing. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for following your highest path.
And that’s all that matters.
Remember: You can change you. You can’t change or control the opinions of others.
I’m giving you full permission to stop apologizing. Own your desire to get better and do better. Embrace the transition. And trust that the right people will stick around.
Here’s to new beginnings!
PS. I’ve been jamming out to this whole album. Love it!