Student of the year

“Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.”

– Sean Maguire, from Good Will Hunting

I have a day job that allows me to connect with young people in a deep and meaningful way. One of those people is a girl named Angel. I’m naming her that because she is an angel to me. Angel is a girl from the ghetto. She’s black, she’s being raised by her grandparents, she is in special education. And… she is totally fucking beautiful and amazing. She is one of those people with the power to light up a room. And despite being obviously poor (she often complains of headaches and hunger) whenever Angle has something to share like a box of cookies or a bag of chips… she shares them with others. She is just that kind of good. You don’t get that very often.

Angel and I have crossed paths by the grace of god. She is teaching me so much about kindness, about appreciation for friendship. She is as meant to be in my life right now as I am to be in hers. Tonight my motivational moment is about the crossing of paths. I believe that in life we are not all meant to walk along side one and other forever, but rather that we are put before each other coincidentally… and that sometimes that coincidence is divine intervention. Angel and I have crossed paths recently because of forces greater than I can observe, but I do know that they are there working in the background.

In life, we are given so many wonderful opportunities. Some don’t show their worth to us right away, some are hard to recognize. No matter, we are constantly at odds with a left or a right, a black or a white, an up or a down. My advice to us all is to stay attuned to the people and things that cross our paths because good or bad they are all presented to teach us something.


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