The other day I was on Facebook and came across this post by "Humans of New York" - a group who interview and take pictures of real people doing whatever it is they are doing or learning at that moment. It is fascinating and very real.
Anyway...this is what I read:
"At this point in my life, I'm trying to figure out the things I truly care about.""What's something you care about less than you did ten years ago?""Being extraordinary."
This idea really stuck with me. It is where I am at. I am trying to figure out what really matters to me. And I am realizing, I've spent my whole life trying to do something big, trying to be extraordinary. Everything I wanted and everything I dreamed for was larger than life. Now, I just want to enjoy life. I want to be in the little moments. I want to be real.
Stephen, my husband, said something the other day that meant a lot to me and goes along with this idea. He said that everything Zoey knows, I taught her. That acknowledgment really meant a lot to me. I don't think about it often, but Zoey is four now and can already write her whole name, knows all her letters, numbers (1-20 plus counting to 50), shapes and colors, answer basic math problems and is quickly learning to read. I taught her these things. Of course I cannot the deny the huge influence of Stephen, Sunday school and a few select electronic resources, among other people and things. However, it is liberating to know the impact that I have made and am still making in my daughter's life. How much of an impact I make in my husband's life. I am not a person who would claim to have many friends, but the ones I have are true and mean everything to me.
I've always wanted to be someone that matters. Turns out I am. I am blessed, and I hope to be a blessing to others. That is what life is all about.