“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore
As the daughter of a police officer and domestic violence advocate, I learned that tragedy exists in the world, but there can still be joy in supporting one another in pain and grief.
I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to
keep. – Kurt Vonnegut
Being a therapist gives me a container to ask big questions about what it means to be alive. Creating a space for others’ uncertainty means that I must be friends my own.
“We’re all stories, in the end.” – Steven Moffat
As a child, I learned that I could change the world by changing the story I was telling inside my head;
as a teenager, I learned that my universe could expand by travelling through books;
as a student of English and Creative Writing, I learned that we tell stories not simply because they’re beautiful—we tell them, too, to connect, to be felt, and to remember.
“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” – Fred Rogers
As humans we each long to truly be known by others, yet along the way we learn that our laugh is too loud or our ideas are too simple. We learn that our bodies are not the right type of beautiful or that our company is only good enough only as long as we have something to offer.
Showing up in our authenticity and vulnerability is deeply courageous and a task that is never quite complete. To me, it’s a gift to sit with others as they discover the courage to be themselves. No matter where you decide to search—whether in therapy, in nature, in faith, or in the company of your loved ones—I hope you continue to strive to be known.