New York, New York, U.S.A.
August 20, 2013
Blog: Planet Aurora
Dear Life –
I’ve been hesitant to write you because I wasn’t sure how I felt about you. I knew believed you were giving me “gifts” – but they sure didn’t feel like gifts – all that struggle and messiness?! Come on now – what kind of gifts are those?!
But now… now I think I’m getting it. And I think that I’m ready to say thank you.
Thank you for travel – a solo journey that I thought would be the answer – but instead was only the opening of the door. And that door being my heart, naturally. And the opening of that door just prepared me to do the really hard work of this past year – which meant more opening and naming all that I want and all that I am worth.
And thank you for courage. The courage to be vulnerable. The courage to believe I’m worthy of everything I want. The courage to push open the door to my heart even further. And what hard work it is – so thank you again for the courage to take it on.
But life, I know that you are pragmatic (since you’re my life – of course you’re pragmatic!) – so thank you for deep lungs and big strong muscular thighs. So, I can’t find pants to fit right (it’s way more fun to wear cute dresses anyway), but I can climb mountains and pedal my bike for hours and be active and outside, which feeds my soul and heart in countless ways.
And thank you for watermelon and hoppy ipas. And bachata and cumbia. And friends new and old to keep me laughing and celebrating and exploring and pushing myself.
And thank you life – for filling me with more dreams than I will ever accomplish in this life time and filling me with the dissonance of loving my work and loving this world – what a great dilemma to have!
And just…. Thank you. With all my heart.
Hamersley Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia
August 21, 2013
Blog: Just Love Yourself
Thank you fear for always being with me. You make my heart race, hands sweat and adrenaline pump through my body. Thank you for making me feel alive, scared and inspired. I am grateful you and I have now become close friends, because you inspire me to always have a go. I am grateful I am no longer fearful of fear, because as a team you and I have so much fun together.
Thank you courage for giving me the personal power to do whatever I chose. I admire you and am grateful we too are also very close. It amazes me where the strength comes from, which I am thankful for. Thank you for giving me the courage to leave a career, dive into deep waters, and speak the truth within me.
Thank you dreams for inspiring me to live a life beyond my wildest thoughts. Without you I would not be travelling indefinitely, surfing or writing a blog about self-love, so thank you. I am grateful for the times we dream together, build images of hopes and desires. Without you in my life it would be dull and boring, so thank you.
Thank you present moment. It is you who opens the doors for unconditional love, peace and bliss. I am so grateful we have met again. I remember the days as a child we were much closer, but I am grateful we have rekindled. Now I feel more peace and love than ever before.
Thank you ego for making me laugh and making me cry. Thank you for making my mind spin at speeds I cannot keep up with. Thank you for creating interesting stories and sharing them with me over and over again. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn about you and be with you.
Thank you intuition. You have always been there for me, which I am forever grateful. Thank you for being the source of my creativity, dreams, safety and guidance. I am grateful you and I are starting to become better friends, and I am also grateful I can hear your voice louder and louder.
Thank you disappointment, sadness and anger. We have not always been friends, as I hid you in a box deep inside. But now I am learning to accept you for what you are. After all you are not ‘bad’ at all. So thank you for being patient while I unravel you from my deep place, it is now safe to come out.
Thank you life. I am grateful I am part of you!
Keller, TX, U.S.A.
August 21, 2013
Thank you for my 12 year old son who asked if he could sit with me on the couch last night. I know those days are numbered and, while I love watching him grow, I’m glad that for now, at times, he is still a little boy.
Thank you for the adult gymnastics and aerial silks class that I finally found! I have so enjoyed going each week and playing like a child again. Fun is definitely underrated as an adult.
Thank you for giving me a partner who looks into his future and sees the same things I see when I look into mine. We are perfectly matched and I could not be more grateful for him.
August 25, 2013
Thank you for unabashed dancing. For flailing elbows, wiggling knees, kicked-off shoes, and belted-out lyrics. Thank you for impromptu dance therapy at home and for gatherings that unite old friends on a dance floor. Thank you (so much) for Brian’s dance moves.
Thank you for driveway lights at the end of long journeys. Thank you for farmer’s markets, hand-me-down furniture and fresh coats of paint, for snail mail, artists, and all of the trees. Thank you for my dog who keeps getting stuck under the bed and still thump thump thumps her tail when she sees me.
Thank you for the ocean. After touching every inch of coastline, thank you for pulling back and swirling it all together. Thank you for holding the tears of joy and of sadness and for connecting me to the places that I love. And thank you, always, for the everyday kindness of friends and family.
Read more Dear Life submissions from So Many Places readers around the web:
Michelle D. from Dallas, TX, U.S.A.
Dear Life, Thank you for anticipation and the waiting with bated breath. It means adventure is coming. Thank you for unexpected gifts that shock me with the generosity of others. Thank you for the ability to receive with gratitude from people who love me and mine. Read more here…
That’s it for the Dear Life series. Thank you to everyone who submitted their letters and reminded me (and all of the So Many Places readers out there) all that there is to be thankful for. It’s been a wonderful summer filled with gratitude.