I have a confession: I enjoy watching television. I really do. TV is a means of escape for me. It allows my mind to focus on something other than the random or deliberate bulls**t that may be invading my thoughts. Yes, I get that TV is often referred to as the ‘boob tube’ for a reason (hold your horses, my friends of the Brit persuasion from across the pond; I’m not referring to that sort of boob tube…). However, I’m no boob…just a woman who indulges in escapades of the small screen. a woman’s freedom
I was recently watching an episode of Dateline on ID. The episode told the story of Johnny Hincapie, a man who was convicted of murdering a 22-year old tourist on a New York City subway platform in 1990. Johnny confessed – on video, no less – but he maintained that he was intimidated into making the confession by the detectives working the case. As a result, he spent 25 years in prison for a crime he has long said he didn’t commit.
Watching his story unfold, I was able to glean a few important nuggets from Johnny’s experience. This is his truth.
Johnny’s confession, he says, was coerced. He was imprisoned. He spent decades attempting to pull his life together (which, let’s face it, is a difficult task while incarcerated) and exonerate himself. He was finally able to have his say – his truth – and his words carried enough weight to finally free him from prison. He can now breathe.
Humor me if you will while I make a few analogous observations here.
You’re a woman who, through a series of consequences, has allowed (willingly or otherwise) someone else to dictate your narrative. Their gift of coercion was subtle but effective. Soon, you were living a life designed by someone else. You’re effectively serving out a prison sentence, trapped in a life that isn’t and shouldn’t be yours.
What comes next?
Like Johnny, you crave your freedom – the independence to live life as you see fit, the choice to manifest your desires, the autonomy to enhance your sense of self. It’s time for the next phase of your life. That phase begins when you speak your truth and give voice to the innate strength from within.
Well will you look at that . . . you’ve rediscovered your personal power!
That power is the conduit to your freedom from captivity. It unleashes the fierceness that drives your confidence, expands your vision for who you are and who you want to be, and affords you the clarity to make smarter, more intuitive decisions.
All of that . . . really?!? Oh yes.
Let’s get one thing straight: you want to thrive and flourish in life, not languish or wither away. You can’t blossom in the absence of light. You’re a prisoner to your thoughts and your life experiences are murky and gray, not vibrant and bright. Lovely lady, it’s time for you to bloom.
So, what’s keeping you in that prison? Is it fear? Is it the preconceived notions of others that hold you hostage? Is it a lack of confidence? Master yourself and you can master anything.
The choice is yours. But just know this:
After spending a quarter of a century suffering the consequences of being wrongfully accused and, subsequently, wrongfully imprisoned, Johnny was blessed with the one thing that he wanted most in the world: his freedom. He finally had his life back. His first meal as a free man? Stuffed filet of sole.
Make the choice, remove the shackles, liberate yourself and take back your life . . . then feast mightily on your freedom.