I learned a long time ago that a strong woman won’t always be appreciated by everyone. Some will say they admire you, some will try to be like you and some will want to love you. Truth is, it’s much lonelier being strong then I imagined, and not always by choice. Some will chase and others will try..until they realize just how strong and independent you are. Yes, I have standards and high walls around my heart-I don’t just let anyone into my life just because they want to be there. I let precious few into my heart because those closest to me have earned my trust and my love.. So, they all claim they really like me until it’s clear that they can’t have me on their terms. It’s kind of ironic that the very strength they say they admire is the very thing that drives them away.. And I’m good with that. I have a close circle and I’m selective who is in my life for a reason..and that’s just the way I like it. I don’t need heaps of friends or to be revered by the crowds. I just want to be healthy, happy and loving my life. I don’t have the time or patience for lackluster love or pretend friends, so I choose to steer clear of the masses and wannabes. Maybe I’m a tad lonely at times, but I’m right where I want to be.. I’ll never again be in a lonely relationship or having to watch my back like too many times in my past. No, I’ve made all the bad choices and taken all the wrong turns, and all it did was make me stronger, wiser and more independent. I’ve learned the lessons, I’ve made my peace with the past and I’ve worked through the pain that forged my fiery spirit. But I can look in the mirror, know that I’m being true to myself and feel good about where I’m headed. Maybe I’m alone, maybe I’m not, it doesn’t really matter- What I care about most is that I’m real, genuine and happy.. And happiness comes from within, not another person. And that, darling, is why I’ll always be beautiful, strong and free.. Because I did it all my way.