Last weekend I competed in my first Miss Pennsylvania America preliminary pageant! (I got first runner-up! What an exciting accomplishment for my first miss division pageant!) During the interview portion of the competition, I was asked a multitude of questions ranging from my platform, Project Girl Undefined: Empowering Girls Through Education, and even some regarding politics! Nevertheless, there was one question that just couldn’t leave my heart even after the stage lights went down and gowns were placed into their respective garment bags.No, it wasn’t about the Affordable Care Act or the travel ban but rather, a thought-provoking inquisition. “What would you title your autobiography?”
At the time, I couldn’t figure out why this question just couldn’t leave the forefront of my mind! It wasn’t until two days later at about 11:12 pm that I finally understood that the reason I couldn’t just let this simple question go was that there was something that filled the gaps between the words spoken by both the judge and I that demanded so much beauty and power.
Think about it, when one writes, they are given this free liberty to paint a blank page with words that create a distinct melody to each and every reader that reads it. To have the opportunity to write the stories of your own life down in the form of a book, you have been given the opportunity to be in full control of the way the painting looks and how the sounds that your pencil and paper produces. No man, finances, or discrimination can come in the way of the creation of art. However, unlike how the question was posed in a hypothetical situation, I came to realize that this question is actually a reality that we live every day.
The way in which you answer this question should be the way in which you guide your life. It should be your motivation and inspiration to fight a little longer for the things you believe in even if that includes you. To be a writer is to be a magician. You create something out of nothing. As a writer of your own autobiography, that something created from nothing is all up to you each and every day.
So what am I trying to say? Write your story. Stop allowing others to attempt to write your autobiography because something about it will always feel…wrong. Every decision you make contributes to this beautiful masterpiece that begins when you are born and leaves a legacy far beyond your transformation back into the earth. So be different! Challenge the norm! Do what you love! But most importantly, write a story of truth and one you would be proud of. God gives us decisions every day and each of those continues to pave the way for new chapters to be unveiled in the books written by our own selves.
So my blessed brilliant beauties, let me ask you this. “What would you title your autobiography?” Comment down below and let me know! I think I am going to go with my answer from my interview and call mine, “The Girl That Could” Whatever you decide, remember that you are blessed, brilliant, and beautiful!
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