It still feels a little funny to be writing about me – my life, my thoughts, what I see. It took me a while to get to this point. This place where I felt comfortable putting these words down and seeing their truth and honesty.
I spend my days walking through life feeling “normal”. I enjoy my time and my work and the people that surround me. And I think about all those people in my life who were completely “normal” with me. They were going through their day-to-day actions not realizing how much they were inspiring me. Did they know I needed them? That maybe I needed their relationship or laughter or their words or listening ear.
Like my family who believed in me before I even believed in myself. Their faith in me is what gave me the strength to keep going and pushing and searching for more out of this life. Even if I fail at times, they are proud of me and the fact that I take actions to follow my heart.
Or people who knew how to create humor with the simplest of ideas. The concept of word of the day played into my inspiration for writing and gave me the strength to put my words down. This led me to fall in love with words and their power to change your life and the lives of others. Because of a few simple jokes and a little persistence, I have a belief in words that I never knew could exist.
Or friendships made in a small town high school. Friendships that took me for car rides filled with music and words because I lived in a small town and the only thing to do was waste a tank of gas on a Saturday night. Friendships that tackled colleges and careers and growing up. Their loyalty and ability to accept my choices in life and allow me to chase my dreams will always be an example of what true friendship is to me.
Or relationships made while moving to a new city and experiencing all the different types of people surrounding you. People who were not similar to what I had grown up with, but still had essential qualities of kindness, compassion, and thoughtfulness. They challenged me to see life differently and to continually listen to those around me as you can learn so much through casual conversations.
They walked in my life, and their kind words and tiny actions changed everything. I didn’t know it at that moment that maybe I needed these people. But to get to this point, I did. They changed my life. They had no clue. I had no clue. And yet it happened.