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|Columbia University 5-Year Reunion|
Naturally reunion weekend made me think of that lovely day at my Columbia Commencement five years ago. As I sat there listening to the keynote speaker, I remember feeling inspired about where life would take me. Up until that point, I'd endured so much and conquered so much and I was truly excited about, well, life.
I didn't know where I'd end up working or where I'd end up living, but I was inspired to live a legendary life because of the possibilities. And because I knew that they were endless.
|Graduating in May 2006 with my B.A.|
Turns out, it wasn't. In fact, none of those things were. The worst thing that could have happened -- that did happen to me -- was that I lost my inspiration. For more. For life. For endless possibilities.
Having a foggy cloud over your head'll do that to ya!
But it's always a good thing when you can get your inspiration back, when the foggy cloud over your head ceases to exist and ceases to control your life. It's always a good thing when you can think clearly and smile and laugh just because. Believe me, it's a very good thing.
And I know now that life always turns out the way it's supposed to turn out. I firmly believe that everything happens when it's supposed to happen, the way it's supposed to happen.
|Graduating in May 2011 with my M.A. and Ed.M.|
But yet still, I'm inspired. By the life that I have now. The life that I didn't think that I was supposed to have so soon. Motherhood. The life that has birthed and and nurtured and honed so many strong qualities within in. I feel competent in my abilities and confident in my decisions.
Life may be uncertain, but it continually proves to be exciting and scary and all-around lovely... all wrapped up in one nice bow.
I'm in a good place now. My life is full and fulfilling. I'm looking forward to this time in my life because now I've conquered even more and my pocket book is replete with very valuable life lessons from the life that I felt I wasn't supposed to have so soon.
And I, I couldn't ask for anything more but a little more inspiration to live a legendary life.
What inspires you?
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