“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.”—Barbara Kingsolver (via kari-shma)
“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life.”—Mary Manin Morrissey (via kari-shma)
My mother-in-law recently died. She and her husband were immigrants from Colombia. They brought their four young children with them, of course, and that changed my life forever too, when I met and married her son. As her children mentioned during her memorial service, she and her husband were insistent that they would all get a good education and would complete college. To their credit, all of her children did complete college. This impacted my life as well. I met my husband in the last year of high school and when we talked about his plans to go to college, I said I didn’t think I would be going. His response was, “What do you mean? My parents would disown me if I didn’t go to college.” So, I applied and completed my college degree too.
Later, after I had two children I began to think about going back for my master’s degree but, honestly, I was scared to return to school and didn’t think I could do it. But my husband never stopped supporting me and encouraging me. I finished with two master’s degrees. For these accomplishments I must also give credit to my mother-in-law for instilling the value of an education in her children. Thank you for raising the wonderful man I married. Rest in peace Alicia.