Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Educator, Author

Your life, your journey

I have this necklace that I wear almost everyday. I bought it in Dublin from Irish jeweler Enibas. It says, in Irish, Your life…your journey. 

Have you ever noticed how hard it can be to embrace your own journey? There are things we want so desperately to be, to do, to experience, and yet sometimes those specific things are continually out of our reach. Maybe it’s that promotion, that baby, that relationship, that new job, that home, that strong, whole body or mind or heart, that we thought was exactly what we needed, but it, or the dream of it, slips away from us. The pain of those losses, or those things just out of our reach, can be so hard to bear. And when we see others get those things we wanted so badly, it breaks our hearts.

As I live my own losses, I wear that necklace everyday to remind me that my life is my journey. All the things that other people get, or do, or become, do not diminish me. Even with those losses, there is abundant beauty in my life as well. Beauty that I may not have seen if I wasn’t on this particular journey. 

In her book, Rising Strong, author Brene Brown says:

I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.

I want to show courage in my life, in my journey. I want to continue everyday to learn to embrace the vulnerability that it takes to show up and authentically live my journey, wherever that takes me. 

I wonder, how do our lives change when we are able to embrace our own journey with courage, rather than wishing for someone else’s? 

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