About a year and a half ago, I totally and completely changed. Those people that I used to let walk all over me are not given the opportunity anymore because they are no longer a part of my life. At all. I no longer try to please people like I did. Sure, I want my family to be proud of me, and I take their feelings about my actions into consideration constantly, but just because something I do or do not do may disappoint them does not stop me from doing it anymore. I am my own person. This is my life and no one else's. I will not be walked on, and I will not let anyone control how I live my life.
God has opened my eyes to so many things over this time period. I have changed in every aspect of my life. Some people may think it's a bad change, but it's definitely not. I am MUCH more comfortable in my own skin. Where I used to live a life full of insecurity, I am now confident. Where I used to try to live my life for others, now I live my life for me. Where I used to let people walk all over me, now I stand up for myself. I may not look like Heidi Klum or Tyra Banks, but I am beautiful. I am happy with who I am because God made me this way for a purpose. God has allowed things to take place in my life that nearly broke me as a person so that I could become stronger once I overcame those things. He loves me, and I love me, and nothing or no one will ever change that.