Today’s challenge in the 12 Day Blogger Challenge was to find your quote of the day. Whilst searching the annals of the web for some bright, brilliant and inspired quote from a scholar or creative I received a text from my friend Tyler who lives in Australia. After a brief message about how he was doing (sleep deprived, if you must know, but tiny humans will do that to you) he asked how I was. After a moments reflection on how I was feeling, because his bullshit meter is very attuned even from so far away, I told him that I was really very good at the moment and detailed all the reasons I have to be happy, grateful and content. His response is my quote for the day. I have cut and pasted snippets from our conversation and turned it into a little piece of art.
I chose his words as my quote for the day because when I read them I got a little lump in my throat. This may sound like an over reaction but the reality of my own feeling on where I am in my life was put before me in black and white. Truth told it was a bit of an emotional moment to have that verbalised. It was even more heartening for it to come from someone who means a great deal to me and even more so that he hasn’t even been physically present.
I reach for quotes from scholars and academics at times when I need a little guidance, a new perspective on a situation or simply to put into words what I can’t. Tyler did that for me today, in a way that nobody else possibly could have and he gave me a beautiful insight into not only how I am feeling but also the beautiful things that are yet to come. Not bad for a guy on the other side of the globe.
Our friendship has survived many years and a whole lot of geography between us. No matter the length of time since we last spoke every time we talk it’s like we have never been apart. Tyler is my greatest confidante, cheerleader and at times a hard dose of reality. For many years he has told me that I am a wonderful person and that one day I would see it. Truth be told I thought he was just being nice, he’s a nice guy! But today for the first time ever I didn’t recoil from his kind encouraging words, I didn’t laugh them off or tell him he had to say that because he is my friend. Instead I embraced them because for the first time I feel like I am in a place where I can do so. And that my darlings is a wonderful place to be!
So today I am indoctrinating Tyler into the Hall of Quotes I turn to when I am in need of a boost or a reminder that I’m still transforming but one day I will be a beautiful butterfly.
Tyler here’s to you, I love you more than I could ever possibly express, thank you for continually amazing me.
(I may have knocked the edges off your macho image with the gushy post but I hope the tattooed pin up art will make up for it 🙂 )