Monday, March 07, 2016
I can't wait to get this dialed and take some long trips on it.... I have plans!
And then there are times like this morning. The pre dawn wake up call for school. I'm content and the kid is on the couch giggling. That's when I know I'm doing things right. The kid wants to be around me, he likes following in my footsteps, he likes copying me and being my image.
I was pushed away a lot as a kid. Stood up by friends, told to "just leave me alone" or "go do it yourself". I "learned" early on that people did not want me around. And I in turn, started pushing people away, rarely letting anyone close enough to really know me. I would make people work and prove themselves to me before letting them in. Most of the time, they were never "good enough".
That is something huge that has changed for me over the past 12 years after moving to Asheville. I had formed a handful of lasting friendships before, (for some reason, those friends put up with my crap). But since moving here, I have been accepted and loved by so many different sub cultures within our mountain community, that it has brought healing and change of perspective. I don't have to prove myself, even more important, others don't have to prove themselves to gain my friendship.
We are all here, in the same boat, with a lot of similar baggage. We are in this together.
Posted by Stephen at 8:19 AM