If I have any control at all, it is with the ability to choose my own responses to life. With that, I want to respond by warmly letting go of my chase towards an impossible mirage. I want to respond by resiliently moving forward towards the most meaningful pursuit I can possibly think of: connection.
I want to respond by connecting with the pressing needs of my mind, body, and passions.
I want to respond by connecting with others through locating what is so often invisible, sharing the present, being vulnerable, and sharing warmth.
I want to respond by connecting with the community through researching verifiable history and current events, seeing what is pressing, and advocating & being there as much as I can.
I want to respond by connecting with nature through understanding, nurturing, and experiencing each aspect of the massive forces at play and the awe-inspiring beauty.
The most meaningful of connections and my most fulfilling memories typically were when I was present, warm, and in full embrace of my imperfect, attainable, and vulnerable self.