The Last Dance

This is my last dance.
No more dressing to impress.
No more trying to please.
No more making an effort to keep things sparkly.

I am resigning from my post effective immediately.
I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to love and be loved.
For the chances to be vulnerable and grow.
For my mistakes and failures, of which there are many.

But I’m good now.
Think of me like a fully baked cake, I don’t need to be in the oven anymore.
I know you think I’ll be lonely and scared and you’re right, at times I will be.
But it’s okay. Things can be hard and still be okay.

I just want myself back.
I’m reclaiming what’s rightfully mine.
Like stolen land that must now be returned to its owner, I have come for myself.
Do not fight me, for I will win.

Photography by Marta Bevacqua