If you haven’t read Manifesting Destiny yet, well, I won’t tell you again that you should. But . . . you should.
The story is of a teen girl named Cee who discovers she has a dragon inside her. The dragon is named Livian, and he’s snarky and he sometimes convinces Cee to do or say things she wouldn’t otherwise do.
I like to think we all have a dragon. We all have . . . Let’s call it “attitude.” And the struggle in life is knowing how and when to use it.
Cee’s problem is deciding whether to keep her dragon. She’s not sure she can control him or tame him or learn to work with him. He’s kind of scary, and Cee worries he might actually start to control her instead.
That’s adolescence for you. All those scary feelings rise to the surface and sometimes it’s like they’ll overwhelm you if you can’t learn to tamp them down.
But here’s the thing. Cee’s friends want her to get rid of Livian. They frame it as concern for Cee, but it’s probably just as much that they’re uncomfortable with the way Cee is behaving, with this new side of her personality.
And that’s what happens, too, sometimes. People want you to conform. They want you to behave in ways that keep them comfortable, even if it means not being true to yourself. And sometimes they’re right. Like, your dragon shouldn’t eat anyone. That’s fair. But just because he says something you don’t like?
In Manifesting Destiny, Cee comes into her own and begins to bond with Livian. Should she get rid of him just to please everyone else? Should she try to be someone she’s not or learn to be more of who she really is—only better?
My goal with Manifesting Destiny was to create an empowering story about how it’s okay to be you. Sometimes it’s not easy and others won’t understand, but your true friends will accept you and help you, not demand that you change.
You contribute to this world by being who you are, not by trying to be the same as anyone else.
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