Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sometimes I feel as though I'm not quite on the track that most of my peers are (this tends to be related to professional life and my geographic location). Like somewhere along the line I stepped off and made a choice to go a different direction and as a result I'm not sure I'm always relevant to them. I don't mean to say that I'm some special in some unique way, there are plenty of people who choose to live differently from the mainstream. Some people differentiate themselves by choosing to be unique in their food choices or their religious views or even their parenting practices. Certainly many of us are seeking to craft a special niche for ourselves in the world.
In many ways I'm pretty typical, young (for a while a least!), educated, heterosexual, privileged in a variety of ways (racially and economically come to mind), connected to my family and a mother (though relatively new to this one). I think that despite these "typical" characteristics there are other things going on below the surface. Most of us have more going on internally than we care to admit to others. Being a psychologist has taught me many things but perhaps the most common lesson is that people long to be loved by others, truly and deeply loved. Not just accepted for who they are (though we tend to appreciate that as well) but really valued, cherished and loved. I have also come to the realization more and more that many people do not feel that way.
So perhaps this song hits me for myself and others. For myself it reminds me that when I feel forgotten, brushed over and just generally dismissed in some part of my life, that's not the end of the story because there is someone who will always take me in. For others it reminds me to continue to encourage finding that human connection and that pursuing true connection and love is worthwhile.
So that was a bit random but for some reason when this song comes on for me I have to stop and reflect on what it means for me and those around me.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
But today is so warm, sunny and bright. It's also noisy outside because people are out on their porches or driving by or walking the block trying to soak in whatever sunshine we can store for the coming cold weather. I've got the windows open and we're listening to the city sounds come in through the windows.
Nemo and I are having a fabulous day, enjoying the sunshine and entertaining surprise visitors. (One of my college friends stopped by which was very exciting, especially since it was random!)
It's a good day, nothing special or unusual, I'm trying to squeeze my grading and planning into the moments when Nemo sleeps. And when she wakes we'll play, fold laundry and think about new adventures to go on... it's a good day.