Today is the day it all came together for me. Nothing has ever made so much sense – the quest to know myself was solidified.
I took a break from my book to watch Oprah’s show this afternoon, just to see what she was up to. And there she was talking to apparently some of the most talented kids on the planet…Justin Bieber and Charice Pempengco. Me being me, I marvelled at what they have achieved at so young an age; how beautifully things have come together for them. I couldn’t help but tear up. There are six million people walking the face of the earth and even though we breathe the same air, go through similar experiences, we are individually different…unique and we each respond to life according to the parts that collect together to make us who we are. I don’t know what it’s like to be Justin or Charice but I do know what it’s like to be me. I saw myself in them…the determination, the desire, the dream, the desperation. So, how is it that they have made it so young and I am still climbing? It’s because they are not me and I am not them. We have different callings and walk different paths and yet at the very core, we are one and the same. I was thinking about all this when Charice stood up to perform her new single…Pyramid.
The song spoke to every part of my being. I have always found the Pyramid mystically alluring and unfortunately that is where my thoughts on it ended. But today, I saw in it profound meaning. It is not just a huge mass of stone but it is also a work of wisdom and steady growth achieved one stone at a time. Here I am…soon I will be saying farewell to my twenties and hello to the thirties and I finally understand what our twenties are for…why we need them…I finally understand who I am becoming. And all this for me, was deeply encapsulated in that song, in the Pyramid.
It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and rightly so – it is a breathtaking sight to behold, standing 480 feet in the air, and as Charice crucially reminded me today, it is built on solid rock; and it rises from the bottom up. This is exactly what is happening to me as I walk through life and allow God to shape me, and not only me but everything I am; my dreams, desires and hopes. I am being built up as a Pyramid just as I build my life up as a Pyramid…from the bottom up. It is only when you stand on solid ground and a steady foundation can you build something so breathtaking. Without using the experiences of youth for this important purpose, life and what follows becomes like a reed that is easily tossed to and fro.
Our twenties are not an accident. Like the Pyramid, they are a work of design. Youth is not where life should be frozen as the world mistakenly believes. It is only a small part of a whole life. The Pyramid is helping me define me and I will carry it with me this year as a symbol of growth, stability, confidence and definition. It is truly a wonder- not only is it beautiful but it is strong, sturdy and mysterious. That is what it means to be a woman – possessing a beauty that is complete within itself. A beauty of character.
And like the Pyramid, I will go down in history as the woman who was faithful to her path and calling regardless of the storms. I will stay grounded. I will be defined.