It’s OK to be the outsider. It’s OK to not fit in with the crowd, your family, or your coworkers. Nothing is wrong with you because you think or act differently. You don’t need to have the same views as others. The road may be lonely at times but, always remember, you don’t need their approval to be who you are. You are enough. You are great. You are you and no one can take that away. Walk your own path, find yourself, love yourself, but most of all, be true to YOU!
You’re doing something every single day that adds to the person you want to be (you practice your music, you write something, you connect with someone you love).
Last week was such a beautiful week in NC. The 70 and 80 degree weather spoiled us.
Gardening, feeding the chickens, playing with kittens, and sleepovers with cousins. These are the memories of my childhood. Spending, almost every day, with my grandparents. Drinking coffee, at age 5, with my grandfather, before school. Watching my grandmother cook dinner in the kitchen.
That is what I remember when I look at my grandparents’ home. Spending summers with my cousins. Cookouts or a fish fry. Picking sunflower seeds and hiding in the corn fields.
The pictures below show what’s left. A dilapidated house, no longer a home. Remnants, of what used to be, a home filled with kids and family. No longer is the yellow chicken coop filled with baby chicks. No more gathering eggs, in the morning. The grape vines and plum trees are barren. Weeds have taken over the garden. Wild dogs now roam in the old house.
A sense of sadness surrounds the property. The only signs of life are the wild mushrooms, growing on, what used to be, my Aunt’s mattress. The laughter is gone, the kids are grow, and everyone has moved on.
The storm lasted for hours, and afterwards, the sky was so calm and beautiful. I love storms!