When I take a chance on myself, put myself out there- I don’t miss. So, you’d think I’d take every shot. Instead, those boxes I have been checking allowed me to feel like I was doing right by myself, by my family. While the reality was I was playing small. I was playing safe. I was praised for it, by people who never checked those boxes, because even to them it seemed, I was doing what I was supposed to do… more than they ever did. The moment I realized I was taking advice from people who were living a life I didn’t want to was the exact same moment I stopped. Don’t get me wrong- it took me a minute to have this realization, it took me a minute (not literally) to imagine the life I wanted to live. But the moment I did … Game time.