“One day at a time- this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering." Ida Scott Taylor
I got off the interstate to go to my home. Not Athens. My childhood home where I grew up. I hadn’t been there since far too long. I got off the interstate and this song came on my Pandora station. It seemed to follow me the entire 10 minute drive to my house where my mom welcomed me with a kiss and a hug that only a mother can give. I drove wide-eyed, as if this was the first time I’d ever been to this city. I felt so peaceful with the windows down. At that moment, I didn’t have a care in the world. Just the wind rushing in and this song. It seemed to set the mood just right and after all that has happened this past week, I couldn’t ask for more.
This won’t be the last time I come home, nor will it be the only place I call home but it will always be my first home. Where I will always find love and memories. It’s where my roots are grounded. From here, I have grown and will continue to grow. My life has taken a number of turns but I expect them all to be vital needs to set me in the right direction. I’m nervously excited about the summer and what follows but I can never forget where I come from and what/who got me there. That will get me through everything.