As I pack up my things tonight, getting ready to board the plane and head back to LA on New Years Eve of all days, I've been thinking. 2011 is going to be a good year.
Today, when I went to visit Lala and Pa (seen wearing red here) for the last time before I depart, I had a healthy conversation with my wise and youthful grandmother (she's 88, but looks not a day over 60). I suddenly realized that for the first time since I have graduated college, I will know where I will be living and what I will be doing for the entire year. Shocking, right?
That's what I call security. Safety. And she said, "That's one of life's important necessities - security. One of those things that many people struggle in living without."
I'm grateful and am able to breathe a huge sigh of relief knowing that I have one year left (that I know of) in the sunny state of California. I have to make the most of it because who knows what will happen afterwards.
So, as I celebrate the New Year with a little bit of jet lag, friends, and a few drinks, I look forward to what this next year will bring. New challenges, new perspectives, new conversations, and new friends. And I want to learn how not to lose touch with all the "old" that is so dear and treasured to my heart.
It has been so wonderful to be home. A little rough around the edges, but it always brings great clarity and challenges me to new heights as I return to my new comfort zones back in California. These are some of my favorite parts of being home...
5 months ago, I was telling goodbye to two of my coworkers. As we spoke to them, we told them about the size of the shoes that were left to be filled, the expectations they set for us, and the nervousness with which we carried on the torch. At the end of the night after we lauded them for the sacrifices they have made for LiNK and shared how much we will miss them, one of them turned to us and spit some truth.
She said, "Defend justice in all that you do. Not just in regards to North Korea, but in everything you say and act. Speak up and out about the injustices you see in your daily life. Always defend justice."
It resonates fluidly within in my head every day. How do I fulfill this? How do I find my human voice to speak forward with this? How do I address injustices that are personal?