“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire!”
–St. Catherine of Siena
Somewhere in the past 38 years, I found my voice.
I was silenced for far too long; and life is far too short to sit on the sidelines to not do or say anything.
As a journalist, I spend my days asking questions in an effort to gain answers.
Truth be told, not everyone wants to hear or read the truth. The truth is ugly. We try to paint picturesque scenarios in an effort to hide what is really going on in society.
People make weak attempts to skew the truth to make it work for them.
And the amount of ass-kissing makes me nauseous.
In the end, life is only black and white. There are no shades of gray.
Perhaps that is my downfall in life.
Remember going on job interviews when the interviewer would ask, “What would people say is your weakest quality?”
I used to answer, “I am an over-achiever who pays attention to detail. I am not satisfied with less than ideal outcomes.”
That was my answer.
Now, if I was put in a room, my answer would simply be, “I am outspoken and honest. I do not sugar coat anything in life.”
That is my weakness at the age of 38.
I tell it like I see it.
Because really, what is the point of living a fake life? What is the point of pretending to be who we are day in and day out? What is the point of putting on a façade? Who are we trying to impress with our smokescreens?
Over the past three weeks, people have been trying to put out my flame. They have tried over and over again to quiet my voice. They have tried to change the way I see things happening in our community. I have been talked about behind my back. I have been singled out by those who believe they have more clout than me. My name has been dragged through the mud enough times to leave ruts.
And that’s fine because I am who God created me to be.
I will continue to use to my voice. I will continue to be passionate about what I believe in. I will continue to stand up for my children. I will continue to shed light on subjects that others may deem taboo.
I will not go down without a fight. My fire will never go out.
Melissa Linebrink is an award-winning blogger. Read her blog at http://parenthoodthenewcrazytrain.com. Follow her on Twitter @train_crazy or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ParenthoodthenewCrazyTrain/