You were brave. You remember, don’t you?
No? Okay. Here it is: you were brave...
when you stayed and when you left.
when you said, "No, but let’s try this."
when you said, "No, never."
when you said, "Yes, thank you. More, please."
when your wave to the cool kids wasn’t returned (and still, you kept your head high).
when you kissed the ground (even though you wanted to shake your fist at the sky).
when you stood up.
when you stood down,
when you kept writing, speaking, teaching, singing, preaching, going.
when you danced with the shadow (but didn’t go to second base).
when you were so worn out, but made it count anyway.
when you wore your heart on your sleeve
(it SO brings out your eyes).
when you believed.
when you trusted.
when you knew that you knew.
when you raised your hand,
when you took the high road
(and not just for the panoramic views).
when you didn't feel so hot in the bathing suit, but swam in the grace around you just the same.
when you made your dreams your mission.
when you shelved your dreams for someone else’s (though you’ll never do THAT again).
when you committed to your life.
when you kept your promise to others.
when you kept your promise to yourself.
when you kept your promise to your soul.
when you trusted how it felt (not how it looked).
when you kept showingupshowingupshowingup (even though the duvet beckoned).
when you forgave (REALLY forgave).
when you decided to stop deferring to others.
when you decided that enough was enough and that you were enough (oh, that was a good one).
when you risked it.
when you risked telling someone they matter.
when you chose collaboration over competition,
generosity over guarantees,
curiosity over certitude.
when you tapped yourself in.
when you switched gears (even though everyone was watching).
when you chose to love.
when you chose joy.
and, when you chose you.