I never got to meet D’s mother. She passed away when he was eighteen. I feel like I know her in some ways, though. For instance, D’s enormous capacity to love and to be loved is one of the clearest glimpses of his mother I could ask for.
This weekend, D showed me a poem his mother wrote. And in these lines, I recognize D’s capacity to believe in himself and the lucky ones he loves. So inspiring.
Don’t ever try to understand everything-
some things will just never make sense.
Don’t ever be reluctant to show your feelings-
when you’re happy, give into it!
When you’re not, live with it.
Don’t ever be afraid to try to make things better-
you might be surprised at the results.
Don’t ever take the weight of the world
on your shoulders.
Don’t ever feel threatened by the future-
take life one day at a time.
Don’t ever feel guilty about the past-
what’s done is done. Learn from any mistakes
you might have made.
Don’t ever feel that you are alone…
there is always somebody there for you
to reach out to.
Don’t ever forget that you can achieve
so many of the things you can imagine-
imagine that! It’s not as hard as it seems.
Don’t ever stop loving,
don’t ever stop believing,
don’t ever stop dreaming your dreams.