Ode to Life

I strive to live in the world of wonder, always discovering, growing and building beauty. I want nothing more than to bring this beauty and joy into the world as much as possible. 

Because lately I have seen and heard of so much pain and anger, how painful life can be, how hard. 

But within and throughout the hardships I believe there is a way to keep the spark, the joy.

I know some days are hard. They are hard for me all the time. I cry. I curse. I hurt. But through it all I choose – I will not give up, and I will not let my spark and my spirit be crushed. 

This life is beautiful.

I ache to build a community, and a family, centered in kindness, joy, humility, love. A place where there’s an abundance of joy, but where it’s also OK to hurt. A place where we revel in the beauties of life. To revel in each other. To feel love and acknowledge how wonderfully beautiful it is that we actually GET to feel this love! How beautiful it is that we get knocked down and get to get up again, stronger, better, deeper, kinder, more loving. 

I, and we, don’t always get it right. Actually, usually, often, we don’t. But at least we are trying, marching forward, moving, and healing. We are all powerful forces, and when you discover that, the joy and love that exudes is like no other. I want this for myself, my community, my family. 

I believe this is possible, and furthermore, I believe it is of the utmost importance. 

Today I am eternally grateful for all of the people I’ve had in my life who have shown me this is possible, especially my parents. They have seen trials and heartache and pain. But still, they step forward in faith and love and joy. I couldn’t ask for better parents than them, and I only hope to embody what they gave me and then multiply it by 1,000 for my own family. 

I wish for nothing more than to create and spread love and kindness, joy and resilience. To teach and embody the magic of discovering the wonders of the world, as this is what I strive for every day, and will continue each day with as much grace and love I can muster.

I love you. You are enough. You are more than enough and stronger than you’ll ever know.