The dictionary definition of the word, “shadow,” like many words, has an array of meanings, but when I tried to wrap my head around what I wanted this blog to exemplify, one definition stood out: “the shaded part of a picture.” My life, just as all our lives is an ever-moving panoramic picture. At first glance, my picture looks beautiful. A portrait of family, faith, laughter, and music, but if you look closely, you will see the shadows behind those blessings-the shaded areas where I hid my fears, secrets, and broken dreams.
You see those shadows are not meant to disappear as my first drafted title, “The Disappearing Shadows,” intended; however, they are meant to fall back into the picture, the life that was given, and that I choose to fight for everyday. I don’t want to forget those shaded and dark areas of my life, but I do want to use them to strengthen my voice, those who are battling their own shadows, and ultimately, I want to believe that my picture is still beautiful.
This is why my blog isn’t revolved around a specific hobby or talent, but rather, it will just tell my story of all the shadows and colors that have blended together to make up this portrait that is my life. It has no intention of looking perfect, but rather inviting all of you into the journey I am on. I am learning to let my shadows teach instead of hurt, mend instead of break, bring hope instead of hide away.
I invite you to the deepest places of my picture where I have been hiding for a very long time.