July 22, 2016
Sometimes you have to leave a place – like for a good while – and then come back to it – for a short while – to notice things about it you never ever realized in the 7+ years you lived there. And I did, notice some things about a city I called home for a few different chapters of my life. But I think more so I realized some things about myself…
I experienced some of the absolute worst chapters of my life in this city… and also some of the best. And that tells me I lived hard in those years. I grew stronger in those years, like a LOT stronger – a strength that filled the core of who I am.
It’s okay to change. Because the truth is people do in fact change. Or, at least they can if they want to, if they allow themselves to be refined by the fire.
I was a different person walking around Chicago this week, one who walked slower, smiled at strangers, and allowed the adventure to find me, instead of desperately chasing after it.
Thank God for the refining fire that is life as we know it.