It's hard to believe that six months ago I lay in the intensive care unit at the Cleveland Clinic. I never want to forget the moment I was told at age 39 that I had a stroke.
Those words fanned my internal flames. The fire inside me burned even more fierce.
I have always known I can be taken from this Earth at any time, but for some reason it was not that day. I still had work to do. I had spent so much of my time worried. Worried about how to fit into places where I would never fit. Worried about how to change to fit but still remain me.
That moment....The words "You suffered a stroke," are burned into my being.
Almost as if my life began in that moment.
I made a promise to myself.
TO CELEBRATE ME
Who I am. To celebrate and love all of me inside and out... my gifts, my journey, my dreams, my errors, my successes, my culture, my gender, my brown skin, my thick coarse hair, my voice...my SOUL.
When you learn to celebrate you, your tribe finds you. No need to search, no need to change who you are. They WILL find you, when you celebrate YOU.
Loving you deeply,
Ylonda (Soul Activist)
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