This piece is written as part of the #52essays2017 challenge initiated by Vanessa Martir. Currently we are on week 16 and I am on my 9th piece because life happens. Enjoy! I was inspired by a narrative medicine writing session and wanted to share this with you.
I should know this pathway – the pathway of resilience, of strength.
My mom taught me that.My dad taught me that.
I should know this pathway – the pathway of persevering, no matter what.
The pathway of innocence, curiosity, failure and willingness to sacrifice so much for so many.
I should know this pathway – of my people who succeeded, no matter what; who loved no matter what; who cried, who laughed, who lived.
I should know this pathway of brilliance, navigating systems and helping others along the way.
I should know this pathway, of clear, stable roads obstructed by objects and people.
I should know this pathway and kicking those things out of the way to clear the pathway.
I also know the pathway that is unstable, that is rocky, that is waiting for me to make sense of it for me and for those that will come after me.
I should know this pathway and I also know that I can create a new one if this pathway does not serve me because I know my worth!