When I was a morose teenager, I wrote a poem I called “Life’s Road.” Like most angst-ridden hormonal prose, it was never really meant to be shared. It was just a method for me to purge some of my juvenile emotions. Here’s what I can remember:
Life’s road is filled with many twists and turns
And from tragedy to tragedy, one never learns
That the potholes in the Road are meant to be
Small reminders throughout history
That we must pick ourselves up and dust off the dirt
And let no one else know how much we hurt
Else those we love and in which we’ll confide
Become strangers who leave us cruelly behind.
Looking back, I hardly recognize that person anymore. So many things have changed and shaped who I am today to led me to this point in my life. I have been a Mary Kay consultant, flight instructor, and business owner. I am a wife, mother, and aunt. I have realized my dream of flying a Learjet, which I wanted to do ever since I first laid eyes on its sexy, agile fuselage. And now, I even have the audacity to call myself a writer.
The person who wrote that poem could not have even imagined that she would one day fly a Learjet at 45,000 feet and witness the spellbinding beauty of the Northern Lights illuminating the barely noticeable curvature of the Earth. She did not know that not only would she have children of her own, but that each one of those children would be tiny pieces of her soul exposed to whatever Life’s Road may throw at them. She never dreamed that she could ever write anything that anyone would care to read.
In this last year alone, I have learned so much. I have very hesitantly shared my thoughts and have received more than my share of encouragement. I have made new friends and re-ignited a passion for writing that allows me to share the joy, hope and gratitude that I never knew I could feel when I penned “Life’s Road.”
And the journey continues. I am overwhelmed by my good fortune and so very happy that I took this fork in the Road. Thank you for your friendship, your encouragement and for joining me on my expedition of self discovery.
Now, buckle up. We’re going for a RIDE!