Overcoming years of addiction, self-defeating behaviors and thoughts has required an honest and thorough look into myself. Although uncomfortable, this insight has proved valuable. No longer am I plagued or tortured by feelings of overwhelming guilt, shame or insecurities. Quite the opposite. Today I can reflect and process my feelings and emotions in order to evaluate what it is I want and need. This want, this yearning for change, spars development and growth that I knew I was capable of. It has shown me my strengths and my weaknesses and trimmed the unhealthy fat from my true self. Being able to truly want and accept change has been more comforting than I could have imagined.