I use the adjective unfailingly because that’s the best way to describe me. No matter what you think of me, whether you hate me, love me, fear me, or respect me, I am always unapologetically me. When loved ones need support, they come to me. When friends need advice, they come to me. When coworkers needs a job done, they come to me. They come to me because it’s a fact the Andrea they know (the nurturer, the advocate, the perfectionist, the bitch, the storm, or any other part of me) will be there and be exactly what they need until I have come through for them, and I always come through. I am always unfailingly Andrea.
I look back at the road I have journeyed in life and realize there are more “why me” moments than most people would have endured. Around every corner, there was always a new challenge offered to me by life, challenges to grow me, to test me, and to make me who I am, and I am very proud to say that I am a force! It took a long time for me to realize that. I have always just been me, but I never appreciated exactly what that meant until recently, and in my realization of exactly how amazing I am, I learned to love myself—strengths, flaws, and all.
No matter if it’s a good day or a bad day, if I succeeded or failed at the task at hand, if I was surrounded by people or found peace in solitude, it’s all alright. It’s alright because in all of those experiences, there is something to learn, some way to grow, and something for me to give. In all of those experiences, I will have brought my strengths or my weaknesses, and at the end of the day, both are good. Every part of me makes me who I am; I am unfailingly Andrea, and I wouldn’t want to be anything else.