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Who Am I ?

I am a woman. I am a daughter and I am a sister. I am a passionate, energetic, silly, smiley, deeply curious and caring person. I have a deep burning desire in me to learn and to explore as much as the world as I possibly can. I was born from two sailors and experienced world travelers whose need for adventure and thrill runs deep in their blood, which is now in me. I want to travel and see as much as the world as I can in my lifetime. I want to jump out of an airplane and rappel down waterfalls.

I also like to be quiet. I love to sit in a garden or a field and watch the butterflies flutter by me and listen to the sounds of the leaves on the trees sway in the warm summer breeze. I enjoy looking inward and reflecting on the parts of my self that I’d like to improve upon. I am someone who loves growth and I think the best way to do that is to challenge oneself and one’s thought patterns. I love to listen to people. I believe that the greatest strength in my life is my empathetic nature. I always think about how others feel and I want to help people with their problems. I’m someone who experienced loss very early on in my life and I struggled with mental health issues for many years. Now, I want to do as much as I can to help other people feel less alone in the world.

I believe part of my soul is in the ocean. Nothing makes me feel more at peace than when I’m out on the water. The energy from the bouncing waves surge through my fingers when I dip them below the surface. My soul stands still when I’m sitting on my paddle board in the middle of the river by my house. This is where I belong.

I believe that there is a light inside all of us that is filled with pure goodness and kindness. When we die we return to that light. There is light in everything. Humans. Animals. Flowers. Mountains. Etc. I am also someone who believes in magic. Magic comes from in many forms like Louis Armstrong’s ‘La Vie en Rose.’ That song has always been and will always be magic to me. Or sitting on the grass staring at the Eiffel Tower twinkling after midnight. The world is full of light and magic if you look for it.

I am a collection of all of these traits and beliefs. I am not one thing. I do not define myself by my past. I am my present and I am always growing. After many years of struggling in the dark, holding onto the walls and searching for the light, I can finally say that I am someone who loves life. And I’m excited to spend the rest of my life with myself, searching for adventures, loving as many people as I can, and exploring the depths of this beautiful world. <3