Last week I was in NYC. It was a wonderful chance to get out of Texas, spend time with my sister for a few days and then my husband and a few friends joined us. There are some people who have a marvelous ability to inspire you! I have the great privilege of knowing a few of these people and four of them sat around a table with me in Brooklyn. It was a simple thing. We ate, we shared stories and ideas, and we laughed. It was a short visit but so very meaningful. Each person is on a different road, some coming, some going, and some just passing through, but each path brought us to that little restaurant in New York. I am inspired today by their journeys.
The first of these beautiful souls is my sister. She is in the midst of finding a new, or shall I say adjusted, path. She has always had a strong and steadfast will, and she has been a little rough around the edges at times. I have seen a change in her as of late by the way of a calming. An ease in her that allows a little more of her brightness to show through. It’s not easy for most of us to be vulnerable, we think of it as weakness but in reality, it takes so much strength and confidence.
The second, a new face and my sister’s friend. She had a layover in NY, a happy accident. She was on her way to Spain from Portland. She told us about her recently found love for backpacking and hiking. She said she wanted to live life as fully as possible while she could. That idea is something that I think many of us say we want but we rarely take action. We only have one life and it’s encouraging to see someone making things happen and doing good with it. Work hard, Play hard. Many people play hard by partying, but I’ve found that playing hard can be fulfilled with hiking, traveling, dancing, laughing and spending time in quality conversation. What feeds your soul?
The third person at the table is a guy who has an enormously brilliant light and kind soul. A truly happy person, it’s contagious. His goal was to move to NY, it was a calling but there had been a few obstacles. Many of us hit moments like that and decide it’s not meant to be, so we give up the effort. There is something to be said for “things that are truly worth it, aren’t always easy”. My friend decided to say NO to all the no’s that were being said to him and make it happen. I was overjoyed to hear that he is now living in his dream. Only you can make your dreams come true, no one else will do that for you. Don’t take no for an answer. And sometimes you just need to find a different way to go.
The fourth person at the table was my husband. Mostly listening but he was the reason we were all there in that place at the same time. His band was playing in the city last weekend and we made it an excuse to have a vacation. He has been my encouragement and inspiration for eighteen years and more so now than ever. He is a drummer, able to do what he loves for a living and works so hard to make our life together the best it can be. With his help I had a career change last year and he has been encouraging me to pursue my dreams, art and traveling being two of those. Dream Big!
So, at the end of that short but sweet time together I have come away inspired and grateful! I am honored to have these and many more people in my life that bring so much joy, love and light into it! I hope you all have people who inspire you and I hope you let them know it!