I came across this today on Twitter and found it apt for the start of 2014:
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not in the branch but in her own wings. Believe in yourself.I know the voice within me is speaking and I am listening. I may be closer than I think to the answers.
I felt that last year, I was carried by the love and support of family, friends, and friends of friends. But I also recognized that even their well-meaning suggestions have to give way to what I want to do with my life after my gap year.
Good old Google yielded the following definition for "gap," my keyword for study:
1. a break or hole in an object or between two objects.The second definition speaks to me: "a break in continuity." The last synonym states it well: "hiatus."
2. a space or interval; a break in continuity.
"there are many gaps in our understanding of what happened"
synonyms: pause, intermission, interval, interlude, delay, break, breathing space,breather, respite, hiatus;
It will take time to make sense of things, to process what "the two objects" are, to go back to my "continuity." The gap served its purpose well. I had a good break. I found space to embrace myself.
It is not over yet as I did not follow the calendar year, but already, I find my heart moving, searching for permanence. I will believe that though the branch I'm sitting on might break, my wings are strong enough to lift me up. The branch is not mine; it belongs to the tree.
The wings, however, are mine. And these wings shall set me free.