I'm on my own Journey. I'm sure that I always have been, but either didn't take the time to realize it, or didn't even believe it. I've known my daughter, Sophia, was on a Journey for about a year now. And I consider the steps she takes on her Journey and I talk about her Journey and I publicize her Journey. But my own Journey? Never considered it. But here I am, most certainly. I've never been an outgoing person. I've always had lots of friends but more because they approached me, rather than me approaching them. My outlook on people and human nature, quite honestly, has always been more on the negative side. I feel very "in tune" with human nature; I'm sure my degree in Psychology just adds to that! I feel like I know immediately if a person is good or bad. I work in an environment full of criminals, constantly scheming and manipulating and lying. And just when I think someone has turned themselves around, bam! They'll lie to you again, and you'll fall for it again. So if someone had asked me a year ago, if people were inherently good or bad, I wouldn't hesitate with my answer: people are inherently bad. People do bad things and they are mean and they are nasty and they are evil.
And as I sit here and write this, I realize how silly I am to have believed that my Journey just started; my Journey began long ago and maybe its just taken me this long to realize it. Like I worked up to this point. And I once again consider how much my daughter has taught me. She has taught me patience, understanding, and love for others. Yes, love for others. Tonight, on Sophia's Journey Facebook Page, I mentioned two items that I thought would be good for Sophia. Within minutes, a stranger had ordered and paid for the items, and had them ready to ship to my Sophia. That is amazing. It is undeniably one of the most amazing things. And to that wonderful woman and her husband, it may just be a way to help out this little girl. But to me and my Sophia, its the chance to help Sophia learn to hold up her head and an opportunity for Sophia to have a little fun on a trampoline (another bucket list item). Sophia has taught me to accept others, to love others, to think highly of others. Now, go ahead. Ask me if people are inherently good or bad; I won't hesitate with my answer: people are good, very good, inherently good.
Thank you God for my daughter, thank you for this Journey.