What I Learned on My Vacation Part 2


“Be As You Are” is a Kenny Chesney song that I have always liked. While I was in Jamaica I kept thinking about the lyrics and how true they were. I am at a point in life where I feel like I should know more than I do at 26.

I do not know as much as I wished I did, but there are a few things I feel confident in. One that I believe with confidence is that it is so important to be true to yourself and be the person God created you to be. The title of this song obviously speaks to that. I love the second verse:

I wanna go where I can lighten up the load
Drive a little while on the wrong side of the road
Get this laying low off to a flying start
Play my guitar in the Caribbean sun
Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon
Where you can be a tourist, a beach bum, or a star
And be as you are

While being in Jamaica I felt so passionate about pursuing the things I love to do. It is easy for me to sit down and write, especially if I’m writing in my personal journal or just writing anything for only myself to see. It is much harder when I write something that I want to share here.

I struggle because I worry too much about what people will think about what I write. I have come to the conclusion that I won’t let what people may potentially think distract me from writing what I want to write.

One of my favorite authors, Todd Henry, says that, “you have a unique contribution to make to the world” and if you do not make it nobody else will. I love that and I know that whatever contribution I have to make through writing no matter how small or how big I need to do it. I love moving my thoughts into words. It makes me feel alive. I want to continue to do that because it is who I am and if I do not say what I feel called to write than nobody else will.