Recently, one of our travel friends tried to get on a plane without ID. Needless to say, taking off was a lot more complicated for her than the rest of us. It’s amazing how you can think you have everything you need with you; from your boarding pass, to your luggage, to cash and credit card; but still forget something so important like your identification. Our dear friend found out this past weekend that if you can’t prove who you are at the airport, it’s going to complicate your travel plans.
It’s not that she didn’t get on her flight. But there were moments where everyone that was around her thought she wasn’t going to make it on board. And even though it took her longer to get on the flight, I’m proud of her because she stuck with it and was determined to prove she was who she said she was and that she was really ready to go!
Truth is it’s happened to all of us at one time or another. We’ve all lost our ID. Whether it was when we started hanging out with new friends and picking up their bad habits, or when we found ourselves in a life crisis and the pressures and demands had us reacting in ways we would have never thought of before. Some people lose their ID wearing so many hats. Moms take care of everyone and sometimes lose their ID and forget to take care of themselves. Dad’s get so caught up in being provider and protector that they lose their sense of self. Many people lose their ID in their career and are no longer defined by who they are but instead by what they do. We have all lost our ID at one time or another. And no matter how you ended up without your ID, the fact still remains that you still have a destination awaiting you and the right flight will be ready for you when you’re actually ready to depart.
If you ever lost your ID at the airport and you were determined to make your flight, you will recall how they will have you go through a process. And if your identity is confirmed, you will be allowed to fly.
That thought alone makes me want to fly out of my seat!
Isn’t it wonderful to know that you may be held up going through a process of proving your identity right now, and it may be inconvenient and annoying, but if you stick with it; you’re going places! You’ll get there because this process is meant to pull answers out of you. This process is meant to ask you the hard questions that will help to remind you of who you are. It’s also a process where believe it or not, you’re even protecting yourself from identity theft. The fact of the matter is, sometimes even life’s circumstances will try to steal your identity. Issues in your body, mind, family, divorce, financial crisis, setbacks,.. these things have a way of making us forget who we are.
There are times you’ll even have loved ones who will try to define you and tell you who you should be, where you ought to live and work and who you should love. And that’s part of the process where you have to show everyone this is your ID, not theirs. That no matter what they want for you, you have got to figure out your life on your own. No one has the right to tell you how to be and what to be. You’ve got to show the world who you are. Not who your mother or father want you to be. And the sooner you stop trying to please everyone around you by being what they want you to be, the sooner you can BE WHO YOU WERE BORN TO BE. And that’s when you’re really going to take off.
As your real life coach, let me remind you that you’re on your way! Just keep going! You’re going to make it on your flight and you will ascend up above everything that has tried to distract you and keep you from your personal life take off!
Be like our friend. Don’t be discouraged because you forgot your ID. Keep making your way to the gate. You’re going to make it on board and you will go where you’re supposed to go. Sometimes you just have to be reminded that YOU deserve to be on this flight!
Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant
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