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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

being here...


It’s in the moments I can’t find the right words. The moments that are far too sweet, the memories I fondly look back at. It’s every time I wake up early enough to watch the sun stream through my window. It’s seeing family and friends, and seeing them be well. It’s the rise after the fall.

It’s life.

There are so many things I cherish about the journey. The older I get the more I appreciate the people that are on it with me. When I was little I used to think about what everyone needed. I remember being in crowded places and wondering what made all of us alike. On a blank page in my Winnie the Pooh journal, I wrote out what I knew people didn’t need. Not everyone needs money, I recalled the homeless woman that slept next to the electric box and still smiled as she walked. Not everyone needed a big family, I thought of my very single and very happy neighbor. Not everyone needs sugary treats, or perfect teeth, or a pretty face, or fancy vacations. I would look around and wonder what it was that tied everyone together. (I know, I was an insightful little girl.)

When I was sixteen, I was driving with my mom through Red Rock. She has these Road Trip cards, and we read off the questions and bounced answers back to each other. Little things like favorite movie, childhood pastime, and then there was a question, “If you had sixty seconds to share what life is with everyone in the world, what would you say?”

What would I say?

What would everyone say?

I realize now that there may be nothing we all need, but even though those needs won’t be the same, it is the fact that we are all here. In those crowded places, through suffering, through defeat, through triumphs and times of love what ties us all together is that we are together. Everyone has their story and their own journey, but there are so many people on the same path with us. And sometimes it’s hearing other’s stories and their advice that gets us through.

Regardless of who we are with, what we believe in, where we are, we are here. Life is This is about sharing what this journey means to you. Whether it’s good or bad, it’s life. And it’s something to celebrate.

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