I love how different we all are. Each and every one of us made up of different gifts and talents, strengths and weaknesses. I love how in my most vulnerable moments, God shows me his love through the people around me. I would not be who I am if it wasn’t for community (disclaimer: that community doesn’t always look the same).
My heart swells up with gratitude when I reflect on the kindness people have shown me. It amazes me how, when I reach out for help, there is always someone willing to offer something without expecting anything in return. Whether you are a stranger who has encouraged me or a friend who has given me a shoulder to cry on, this is a thank you to you.
To my mom: thank you for loving me hard and showing me what it’s like to serve others wholeheartedly.
To my family: thank you for being so supportive of me.
To those who shared my gofundme link… thank you thank you thank you. Some of you I hadn’t spoken to in so long, yet that didn’t matter. Thank you.
To those who supported my trip to NOLA: thank you for pouring into an experience that changed my life. It’s so crazy to me that you guys believed in me enough to share your hard earned money with me without receiving anything in return (like what?!).
To my NOLA team: you were my favorite part of the whole trip. We arrived as strangers and left as family. To get to serve alongside each of you is one of my favorite memories (ever). Maggie and Clinton, it wasn’t planned but you both still welcomed me into your home and poured so much love and wisdom into me. Thank you.
To my old teachers/professors: thank you for still reaching out to me even though it’s been months? Years?! I always have and always will be inspired by the way you all just genuinely care.
To those in my life who I can be vulnerable with without any fear of judgement: thank you for reminding me of who I am despite of how I’m feeling.
To the strangers I meet and the conversations we share.. thank you for giving me a piece of your time.
& to the One who has handcrafted my heart and the hearts of those I love.. thank you for never letting go.
There are so many things going on in the world and it’s so easy to internalize the pain and anger. But I’ve learned that in those moments where I’ve chosen to be vulnerable, I’ve seen the gold in people. It’s okay to not be okay, but it’s not okay to stay that way (not sure who said it first but it sure wasn’t me, haha).