Your own Mirror of Erised
Before you read my post, please read this over at Chuck Wendig’s blog. His guest blogger today is Steven Spohn, and the post is brave, inspiring and heartfelt. I hope you read it, then tell a friend, or twenty, because Steven’s words need to be heard by every person.
Steven asked each person who read his post to do the following:
We all have things that we have wanted to do for a long time but there’s always an excuse, a reason something doesn’t get done. Instead of posting sadness for my derelict thumb, I want you to do the following:
Post TWO (2) things you always wanted to do but never got around to starting, and promise me you’re going to start now.
I’ve been pondering this for the last thirty minutes. What do I want to do, my fondest desire, my deepest wish? Being a Harry Potter fangirl, the Mirror of Erised popped into my head. In the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Professor Dumbledore says:
The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is.
I don’t know about you, but, although I consider myself a happy person, I wouldn’t look in that mirror and see myself exactly the way I am, and I suspect none of us would. We all have dreams unfulfilled, wants and hopes we keep sweeping under the rug. Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. Steven Spohn has asked us to make tomorrow today.
When I dig deep, and ask myself for two things I’ve always wanted to do, many ideas turn up. Truth is, I want to do about a thousand things. So, let’s pretend I’m looking into Dumbledore’s mirror, what do I see? I think number one on my list of fondest dreams is one I may never accomplish, but, I am going to list it anyway.
I want to adopt a child.
But not an infant. Don’t get me wrong, I love babies, but I’ve been blessed with the task of raising two beautiful girls from infancy. I’ve also taken care of dozens of tiny people (and changed about a million diapers) so I am kind of “babied out”. My goal is to adopt an older child, a teen in crisis for example. I read an article recently that there are many LGBT teens in need of homes because they’ve been abandoned by their families. How soul crushing is that? I want to take them all in, and if I had room, I would.
Being adopted myself, this is something I’ve always wanted to do. The time has never been right, and it still isn’t, but, can I make changes that will help me get to where I need to be to accomplish this? I think I can, and I promise I will start. Today.
My second wish? I want to do something that will help victims of sexual abuse.
Whether I write a book, start a foundation or something similar, this is near and dear to my heart. After sharing my own story, so many people reached out to me, offering support and kind words. I want to pay it forward. And I’m going to start working towards this goal. Today.
How about you? What are your fondest desires? I would love to hear from you. If you write a post of your own, please link it back here. I am going to leave you with one more quote, from a silly movie called Kung Fu Panda. Because even silly stories can punch you right in the heart.