In looking at the date on this piece, my oldest daughter was born exactly 3 years later. I am humbled. –JBHarris
health and beauty
strength and love,
I have so many things given
to me and to be thankful for
now I’m wondering when my life
becomes mine, if my dreams,
faith and hopes are misplaced, when
will I truly be able to become
whom I was meant, for whom I was
I have lived for other
people and their dreams for me,
for the better part of my years,
more than I would want to remember
I have fulfilled my obligations as
as child and continue to do that daily
In essence, I have not begun to live yet. When will I?
I must make the
decision to step from my
comfort and dip into the unknown
to embrace the new and foreign
regardless of whom may think what…
I want the only opinion that matters to be mine
I have decided to take off this shroud
that I donned so willingly,
perhaps unwillingly for several years now…
I have stalled my growth in favor of
other’s happiness and comfort
at what cost?
At what cost?
Live in its true intent
and purpose is a journey
one that can be survived, so why fear?
I have all that I need within me
I am able to do all that I wish
with He that Is All
let the whispers and laughs come
let the doubts be raised,
I have oceans to see, stars to count…
I must live…by MY rules.
–Jennifer Bush (now Harris) age 23) September 1, 2004– personal canon