Sunday, May 26, 2013

Worlds Colliding

When I was seven years old my youngest sister, Gina, was born. She came dancing into a family full of women and changed my life. 

(Apparently my life story is destined to be brimming with beautiful and extraordinary women.) She is the youngest of five girls and though born with countless obstacles, she has only taught us all everyday to live in the moment, and to appreciate the simple glories. 

This past Thursday, she boarded a plane headed to San Diego, CA for her first solo trip ever and as she proudly exclaimed  a " Free Woman". I had been beyond excited for weeks for her arrival, but the past few days have been more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. They were three cherished days, not just because my sweet sister and I were together, but because of the way my community loved her. 

Spending two full days working with me at Invisible Children, the joyful, sincere appreciation of her spirit was a beautiful example of why I love these people so very much. Everyone from my team to director- was thoughtful, inclusive and so loving. It's not that I expect anything less from them, because they are wonderful. But that type of love is a choice and speaks to the true character of people- especially when it's directed at someone who others can easily look past, not engage with or appreciate the light & love she has to offer. To see not only all of her beauty appreciated- but everyone go out of their way to make her trip an adventure was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life . 

My worlds collided over the past few days and I am so humbled by the example of love that was made evident through my friends, roommates, and co-workers. Needless to say, San Diego, together we made her first solo trip a success. I love you for all the ways you loved her. 

 Thank You and I Love You Too.