Okay, so life has thrown me a few changes lately. And I don't really like changes.
My baby is growing up. He doesn't need me as much anymore - or maybe he still needs me, just in different ways.
My brother and his family moved to Ontario. I've been so blessed in my life to count my brother and my sister in law as two of my best friends. And so them leaving leaves me feeling empty. I know deep down that this is a good move for them but I feel like a piece of me moved along with them. They took my niece with them too, despite my offers to keep her and allow them to visit her whenever they wanted.
So I've spent the past couple of months trying to reinvent myself.
I'm not trying to *find* myself. I already know who I am. I think I've been trying to *change* myself. Push myself way outside of the boundaries of who I am and push myself to be more extroverted. Push myself to enjoy things that I don't really enjoy. I mean, I thought that I should meet new people and get out there and do new things, like maybe joining Toastmasters or an acting club or a choir. I joined *another* dating site. I seriously considered moving. I considered moving in with a friend and having home stay students. I looked into adopting a dog.
(Well, the last one is totally me. I would love, love, love a dog.)
But then I realized that all that is not me. At least not me right now. Because why do I need public speaking skills? Because I can't act. Because I haven't sung in almost 20 years. Because dating sites are so not my style. Because there is nothing wrong with where I live *for now*. Because I love my friend, but I don't have what it takes for home stay students. Because with Q I'm not home enough for a dog. It wouldn't be fair for the dog.
And I would NOT be happy doing all that NOT me stuff.
Where does that leave me? Where does that leave me right now?
It leaves me waiting.
But here's the thing. Waiting is not bad. I know what has been placed on my heart. I know that the waiting now is preparing me for the future when my time comes and then I will be ready. The waiting now is for rest and reflection so I will be confident when when it is time to *be*.
Presidents are not allowed to be under 35 - but seriously look at the average age of the candidates running now. Nelson Mandela spent 20 years in jail, resting, before he was voted in as the first leader of a democratic South Africa. And because I love women and love to support their successes...Amelia Earhart was 40 when she took her fateful flight and made history. Mother Theresa was 69 when she won the Nobel Peace Prize. Sarah was 90 when she had Issac.
For now, I will take the time to rest. I will read books. I will write. I will read some more. I will go for walks. I will laugh with friends. I will get healthy. I will watch Pee Wee hockey games and cheer for #12. I will help with homework. I will try to remember to go to PAC meetings (I forget every single 3rd Tuesday every single month).
Because I know that when my times comes, I will be busy. I will be moving mountains and I will be taking names. (okay, I may not be that influential...but who knows maybe I will).
I don't know yet what it is I will do...maybe I'll run for office (is that a thing in Canada?? It sounds way cooler than 'I will run for MP') and revolutionize politics by being the first honest leader who really wants to make things better for all classes, whether you're homeless or a billionaire. Maybe I'll run a Fortune 500 company (again...is that a thing in Canada??? I should really read up on Canadian catchphrases if I'm going to be running the country.) Maybe I'll be a famous author after writing an amazing novel that changes every one's life for the better.
Truly, truly what I hope for and pray for every single day is that God will use me to change lives of young people. I pray that he will send me a partner who wants the same. Every day I hope for a husband who's heart also waits for me and wants to foster/adopt as many children as we can. I hope that we can show these children that they matter and they are important and they are capable of great things and they deserve to be loved greatly. I hope that we can plant seeds in these young minds and hearts for whatever time we have them, so that one day when they are grown and alone and faced with two choices, they will choose the good because they remember they are worth the good.
I feel this calling every day.
Every day when I hear of mass shootings, I feel this calling.
Every day when I read of the teenager who overdosed on drugs, I feel this calling.
Every time I see someone begging on the street for spare change, I feel this calling.
So for now, I wait.
And I prepare my heart for what's next.