Today, I was standing in church during worship and I had this moment where I felt like myself.I don’t know how to describe it really.
In that moment it didn’t matter who was around me or what I was doing, I just knew who I was-all the way to my toes.
I’ve been playing around with being called Meghan these days. It’s not a big deal, I’m not going to make people call me Meghan or Meg, they can call me whatever they want.
There was a few years there that being called Meghan brought me a feeling I didn’t like. It brought me a feeling of years of insecurity and sadness and depression.
My debit card obviously says Meghan so places that I frequent; a coffee shop, a bar, people call me Meghan.
So when people ask if I am Meg or Meghan I say yes. Both/and.
And it got me thinking:
Do we give people the space to discover who they are because it seems like they should know?
It’s funny to me that as we grow we are called to make so many decisions without knowing even a percent of the information out there. And that’s fine, discernment, intuition, and going with your gut are incredibly important.
But what if when you turned 18 someone handed you a piece of paper and you had to write out all of the food you liked.
And whatever you left off that list you could never eat again.
But then sometimes in your mid-twenties your taste buds change and you are suddenly eating food you never thought.
But wait, you aren’t because at 18 you decided what foods you’d eat for the rest of your life.
We have to do that a lot. From colleges in new cities that become homes to college majors, to first jobs that we find ourselves in ten years later.
We don’t give people space to discover MORE of who they are.
People are fearful of changing their minds, even once.
Yes, there are people that abuse it. They change and bounce all over the place leaving others in the wake of their change and “discovery”. The people who’s resumes look like a not-so-greatest hit album. The single-in a relationship-single- consistently in your Facebook timeline.
But, because of those, the ones who have things happening in their lives and stories that cause them to be in constant motion, the majority of us sit in fear of grabbing onto something new about ourselves.
I will be the first to say that my conversation views have molded and changed immensely in the last 3 years. That things I believed and thought were “right” in college are very different now. That I’ve realized my viewpoints were based in fear and not love.
As silly as this is, my style is immensely different. I’ve walked into a few stores recently and realized that not only do I not want to wear clothes from stores I’ve purchased clothes in for years, but also I simply don’t understand them.
When I claimed Meg four years ago on the world race, it was like I was drawing a firm permanent line in the timeline of my life.
I know it means something right now. That I’ve been introducing myself as Meghan. That I’ve been allowing that piece of me to sink into this part of the story.
That I’ve been trying to give myself space to realize my story, my life is ever evolving.
So, when I started on this train of thought this morning in church, which coincided with the first message on story, I realized that not only was I not giving myself consistent space and grace to evolve and move and change, I wasn’t giving the people in my life that space either.
It would be like me telling the leaves on the trees that they have to grow back exactly as they did before. That even though a part of them was dying and changing, that they had chosen that path so they had to keep going on it.
If I ever haven’t given you space in your story to find something new, I sincerely, sincerely apologize. You don’t need that from someone else since I’m pretty positive you already give enough of that doubt and lack of grace to yourself.
I’m trying to decide what this in me. Who I am separate from my life as a teacher of tiny humans.
But, I feel something I’m supposed to grab onto is right in front of me. And it’s scary because the world has already told me that this is who I am.
I am Meg and I am Meghan.
Let’s choose this week, to be who we are, and give ourselves the ability to keep being and changing.
Let’s not miss something new, because we’ve decided we have no place for newness.