I thought I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. But now that I am grown up, I’ve realized all I really want to do is live life exploring my creativity every damn day. I want to do the things I’ve always loved to do, things I’ve sidelined all my life. And really, if I correct people’s spelling and ask them to raise their hands when they have answers to my questions, then I’ve got the best of both worlds.
Not everyone we meet will remain in our lives. Some people come into our lives for a short time to show us a different perspective, to show us kindness and to remind us who we want to be. And, to bring out the song in our hearts.
I love analogies. This particular morning, I realized I had stumbled upon one that was a little more personal than most.
With you…and without you.
I wasn’t his childhood aunt, but I was best friends with the woman who was. Things changed, time passed, and I would come to know him as my nephew. Fleeting moments, years apart, the one who created the family tie, now gone. But we are family, only now, not so much by creation, but by choice. Today, March 15th, Jesse Aaron Williams turns 40 years old. I can’t help but celebrate the man he’s become.
My friend. My inspiration. May we have many more ‘ordinary moments’.
That fabulously awkward moment when you realize there’s more truth than fallacy in a statement of perceived self-growth.
In the quiet, I understood. I had learned the lessons, and this was an opportunity to apply the wisdom and do it differently. This time, I would love me first.
First we will feel and make room for grief, knowing that in love’s time we will go forward, greater than we were, better for having known another.
In the distance, I see possibility and joy. Each day, a celebration of the triumphant version of me.