While walking across campus yesterday at FHSU, I had to stop a moment and just look across campus. I thought to myself, "I'm really here". As I walked away from normal to travel the country, I had no idea where I would end up.
I followed what I felt was right for me and ended up exactly where I needed to be. It's not Hays that makes it perfect, I could do what I do anywhere. It's not FHSU that makes it perfect, I could teach anywhere. It's not the students that make it perfect, I can find a full classroom anywhere.
What makes all of this so worthy of the moment is the simple fact that I can see it. It's not what others have asked me to see, it's the fact that I found my way. Being home within doesn't come easy, I shed many tears finding this place.
What's empowering is simply understanding that no one can take this from me. Take away the place, the people, the things, it's still mine. Anything beyond my skin is temporary, what I carry in my heart will be mine forever.