I just knew there was a rule book for life that I did not read. Guidelines for living that I never understood. That’s exactly how it felt to grow up without a mother. I felt everyone else knew the secrets to life, except me.
I was the perfect faker, the ultimate counterfeit girl, imitating others and impersonating the girls I read about in Seventeen magazine. It was exhausting to be constantly watching others for cues as to what to say or do.
There are many of us walking on this earth, that for whatever reason, feel the same way. I see the others now, and I know I was never really alone. But today, when I notice someone who looks afraid or uncertain, I reach out to take their hand, literally or figuratively, so they can feel the warmth.
This life is too much for tender souls, but as we hold another’s hand, we ourselves gain strength, and wisdom and safety. We can feel safe and secure to be who we really are and know that is enough.
We are enough.