Each of us has a different enemy to face, that thing that is holding us back, keeping us from reaching our full potential. Who is yours? Your parents? Wife? Husband? Kids? Genetics? Luck? Fate? Kharma?
Who is to blame?
We blame discrimination, but there are successful people in every color. We blame inequity, but there are prosperous people from every gender. We blame favoritism, but there are wealthy people who have never been popular. We blame poverty, but there are famous people who have been homeless. We blame genetics, but there are fruitful people who have never been able to see.
Why have these people succeeded when others fail?
This is a question I desperately sought to answer, and in finding the answer I have thwarted the enemy. I have slayed the dragon. I have defeated the beast. I have conquered the castle.
I did not find the traitor by looking at genealogy, or sociology, or economics. I didn’t find the adversary in theology or religion. Instead, I found my opponent much closer to home.
I was the villain. I was the one who single-handedly held me back from achieving my goals. By pointing the finger at myself, holding myself accountable for my situation, I crushed the one who betrayed me.
I suddenly gained control of my future. I became my champion. I grew into my strongest supporter. I overcame fear. I beat down self-doubt. I fostered self-worth and nurtured my fragile self-esteem.
I have begun living my life, striving toward my dreams, blooming into the person I’ve always wanted to be. I have embraced new opportunities, possibilities I never knew existed for me before. I have accepted my ignorance, and in so doing have begun learning in ways never before imagined. I have welcomed others into my life who have their own enemy to battle, as I welcome you, my reader, my friend.
This post is in response to the daily writing prompt Thwart