My mom never really told us what to do or think. If you ask my siblings, they will say the same. There was always an abundance of time spent listening, supporting, nurturing, and loving us, but how we were going to navigate our lives was up to us. We were steering the ship. Even when we were practically begging her for advice on some big life decision making moment, she always gave us the same answer, “make a decision and make it right.”
“What does that even mean?”, my younger self would ponder. For years I took in the words of wisdom trying to digest them. Over time, I realized what she meant was that it wasn’t so much the choices I made, but rather what I did with those choices that mattered. If you move forward through your journey believing that the path you are on is the one you are supposed to be on, you spend more time embracing and nurturing where you are, rather than focusing on regret and disappointment. It is true that we are forced to work through difficult times, but when you embrace and own all your choices and focus on looking for and discovering even the littlest bits of beauty, you will soon realize you start to see more of it.
This is your story to write and your tile to tangle. If you believe that your life is a complete story and each event, every relationship, every mark you put down on your tile is part of that story, you will see that it is “you” that leads the way. As artists we can move along on this journey artfully, tangling our own conclusions every step of the way.
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