All the umbrellas of the world
could never withstand
the storms she faced,
or the scorching rays of sun
as they beat down, burning her skin.
She danced a careful line
between sunshine and rain –
never prepared for either.
She traveled light
knowing she could not carry much
and rested in the knowledge
all she ever needed was inside her.
Her journey was uncovering
everything she already was.


Sometimes the hardest thing to be is yourself without apology. The winds of life vary between a breeze and a hurricane. When you know yourself, your feet stay planted on the ground despite what happens around you. Stay strong in your knowledge – you are everything you need. Look inside yourself. It’s there.

~ Nikki Anne Schmutz


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