Eboo Patel wrote this wonderful blog entry in the Washington Post online, regarding his New Year’s Resolution. The poem he read to his nephew and niece, “On Turning Ten”, encapsulates the mood I am in currently–recognizing the reality of being a grown up.
The person in the poem talks about being young and believing that there was light under his skin. Now, on the verge of being older, he realizes that if he skins his knees, he will bleed.
Patel simply puts that he wants to “shine more, bleed less,” and I want to do the same this year. I want to still believe that there is a mystical part of myself that will endure the trials of life, and even if I bleed, I will continually recognize the light within.