The sixth element of Elements of life:
12 bridges back to you.
“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”— Robert Louis Stevenson
Yesterday I was driving to my workout at 6:50 am. PCH was still pretty quiet. I could feel the cool morning air against my face as I drove on, windows open. as I coasted over the crest and there was the empty beach, waves crashing on the shore, white caps out beyond. I could smell the salt air and sage. Suddenly I was struck by this sense that the world was new again, like I was experiencing it for the first time. It reminded me of the FREEDOM i felt as a teenager when I finally got my driver’s license; being able to drive myself where I needed to go, when I need to be there. I was in my own space and for a moment, in control of my own destiny. That freedom gave me a sense that my life was mine to create, to mold, and the best was yet to come. Then it reminded me that in three weeks when my 15 year old daughter returns from her very difficult year of school in Italy, she will be getting her permit and soon, her license. Then she too, will feel that rush of excitement in her new found freedom to create her life as she chooses. I smiled from ear to ear at the thought. My heart smiled too. The depth of my joy for her was immeasurable. That girl of mine will come home and as her freedoms begin to expand, I will encourage her to go her own way, to listen to her heart, to have faith in the urgings from within. Because like the quote says,
“To know what YOU prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”
HERE’S TO KEEPING OUR SOULS ALIVE!