A few years ago, I was asked to give advice to current high schoolers at my alma mater. I shared how much I’d changed.
I was tired of saying goodbye to help and hello to societal expectations that give me unnecessary pain – so I stopped.
How did I end up with “Illness to Wellness”? Others believed in me – and now I do, too. The name I almost used doesn’t make sense anymore.
“There are places I’ll remember / All my life, though some have changed… / In my life, I’ve loved them all.” – The Beatles
We, your students, long for full inclusion and an embrace of us and our gifts – and that’s different from what we’re usually getting.
We must integrate the reminders “memento mori” and “memento vivere” in order for us to stay present in “ordinary time.”
What I’ve hoped for and will continue to hope for this year are gifts to myself that are more far important than things.