Musings by Jobie Summer
May 25, 2016
I just returned from my 25 year reunion at Smith College in Massachusetts. I was feeling nervous before I went because I was judging where I am in my life.
If you know Smith College, you know it as the woman’s college that births many of our greatest women leaders like Julia Child, Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Sylvia Plath and even first ladies like Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan. Since I am not a famous chef, a Pulitzer prize winner, a famous author or even a wife or mother I was feeling scared to go to my reunion and answer the questions “what do you do”, “are you married”, “do you have any kids”. My answers didn’t feel spectacular enough. But you know what happened that has me choked up with tears running down my face even as I write this … it wasn’t our external accomplishments or our titles that really mattered.
As I reflect on my time at reunion, there are three things that really stood out to me. Three questions and answers that made me feel peaceful about where I am in my life. Honestly, I have been quite emotional the last few days reflecting on these areas, but I am glad that I have a life where there is spaciousness to really feel my emotions deeply whether they are sadness or joy.
My 3 lessons … aka questions I asked myself that you may want to ask yourself:
When I left my reunion I felt seen, I felt heard and I felt a satisfaction knowing that I am really being me. I want YOU to feel that way, too!
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With so much love,