There is a notion we will only achieve the definition of who we are when we get to where we are going at the end of some great journey, at the eclipse of some notable accumulation, the education of degrees and accolades of strangers. This could not be farther from truth.
Most assuredly you will find yourself trapped in moments of not quite. You will be left un-footed with skinned knees and hands filled with failed attempts. You will grasp at almost, tear at the edge of someone else’s not good enough. You will find yourself alone on days you’d rather not be, and other days cast amongst the throngs of anxious hands clamoring for the dreams of those before you. And yes, you will sit beneath rain filled skies soaked to the bone without a fire to warm you or a voice to calm. You will wonder if it was worth it. You will scream at the top of your lungs and in the silent spaces in-between: Will you ever be, who you see in your dreams?!
Well, listen to me now and listen again when you need reminding –
Be who you are! Exist in this moment. Everything you need is now. Everything you can rely on is here. Take a look in the mirror and smile. The image staring back at you is beautiful and beautifully everything you have yet to become, but are becoming!
Let fire exist in your eyes – hope.
Let wind carry your voice – sing.
Let stars be your dreams – fly.
Let oceans flow with your heart – laugh and cry.
Let earth be your feet – strength.
Let wilderness be your soul – free.
Be who you are!
Perfectly imperfect but perfecting. And at the end of your journey it will not matter the awards of days gone by, but that the person staring in the mirror still recognizes the beautiful person you knew you were and have become.