“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
I once had an algebra teacher, in the ninth grade, whose name I cannot even remember, make me feel confident in something I was sure I couldn’t do. Her passion, love, and encouraging words pushed me to be successful on a path that scared me to death! And, while I may no longer utilize some of the hard skills I learned in her classroom, the confidence that she instilled in me must be passed on to my children and the people I see every day.
When we first moved into our fifth wheel, I was excited and anxious for each new day. I had no idea what our lives would look like in a year, a month, or next week. My wife’s ambition and excitement encouraged me to push the boundaries I knew in an attempt to rediscover who I was. A year later, I don’t even think about things the same way that I did last spring. I am not scared by the same things any more—though it doesn’t mean that I’m not scared, on occasion, of new adventures and risks. However, since taking the plunge to pursue the unknown, I have become alive, inside and out, in an amazing way! I don’t carry the same burdens with me to work anymore, I look for opportunities to meet my neighbors, and I long for the unknown. In an odd way, I have an amazing peace in the unknown world around me—and, frankly, because of the way the people in my life have made me feel.