I truly believe it is our mission to make a sincere and diligent endeavor to truly know ourselves. Even those that are closest to us and whom we hold most dear can never know us any better than we know ourselves.
We must remain tireless in our efforts to seek the truth.
June 17, 2014
On August 13th,
1978, I left New Castle, PA to drive who was then a total stranger in her car. to Miami, FL where she had accepted a job transfer.
I had been laid off from my own job and it seemed like an opportunity to get a free
vacation. My intent was to driver here down
there and hang out for a week, and fly back home. I certainly never dreamed that
my free vacation would open the gates and allow me to cross a bridge into a
life that I'd have never fathomed.
Has it been the life
of my dreams? Hardly, in my dreams
there were never times of unemployment,hunger, near homelessness, alcoholism,
depression, anxiety disorder, difficult relationships, physical challenges, and a dozen other shades of
But, my life has
been my experience, mine and mine alone.
Never did I fathom that I would be exposed to so many incredible people,
so many cultures that differed from my own upbringing. To hear and learn languages that were foreign
to me. To eat foods I'd never heard of,
and be introduced to religions and traditions that seemed at first strange but
upon further exploration, made much more sense to me than the very belief
system I was exposed to as a child. To
love dearly, and to be loved. To grieve
profoundly over the loss of friends and the decimation of a community that had
opened its arms to me, and opened my eyes to my own inherent right to freedom and human potential.
I adore my husband,
we know each other very well. But, he
doesn't really know the process that took place for me to become me, nor am I fully aware of what makes
him who he is.
But, there is no
chance of us fully knowing one another until we've become willing to know who
and what we are, and acknowledge what brought us to that point.
We have this notion
that life is about getting from Point A to Point B. I personally see my life as striving to get
from Point A to Point C, making Point B to be the road I traveled to arrive at
my destination. Hell, make it point Z for
This is your journey.