…And just like that, my time in Wilmington, Delaware has come to an end. In 9 short months I have poured into others and have been poured into. What’s funny is it still doesn’t quite feel like I just spent three-fourths of a year in a brand new city. As I drove around the area that I was privileged to call a home away from home, I noticed a sign that said “Wilmington: A place to be somebody.”
I have been mentally sitting on that sign for what seems like forever. I now know why. Wilmington has been my place of lessons. A place where I have blossomed into the person the Lord Himself has created me to be. Wilmington has been The Sun, shining on all the tiny seeds planted in me from home. I was definitely "someone" before I got to Delaware but my experiences chiseled and pruned me. It’s been my place to make big-girl decisions that I speak to who I am and who I am continually growing to be.
If there's any advice I can offer for the soul still finding their footing and becoming "somebody", it'd be to:
"Go from your country, your people, and your father's household to the land I will show you." - Genesis 12:1
Y'know that thing that you feel led in your heart to do? That passion that just doesn't seem to go away? Yeah, that. Go for it. Now. Be relentless. I couldn't explain why, but the second I applied to work for AmeriCorps, I told my mom "I'm moving to Wilmington." And well... here we are.
"Faith without works is dead" - James 2:26
A lot of times, even the pursuit of said passion can be a filled with moments of doubt and sprinkles of uncertainty. Not everyone will know and understand the vision that's been given to you. Pursue it nonetheless. (Fun fact: In the first week I moved away from home, I received several calls and offers to come back home). Again... here we are.
"An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge." - Proverbs 18:5
Lessons learned are only as useful as the time you spend reflecting on them. Talk about it. Write about it. Think about it. Never let those lessons leave you. While a lesson is learned in one season, it can be useful for seasons to come! I'll be taking everything I've learned from DE into my next phase as I purse my degrees in nursing.
I spent my last day in Wilmington writing notes to my students turned little brothers and sisters and I must say, I’m so blessed to have been able to know them. The fact is, they have impacted me more than I could ever imagine. I’ve truly learned what it means to be patient, loving, and compassionate. Leaving has been extremely bittersweet but I am overjoyed that I get to put my money where my mouth is. I'm constantly telling my students (I guess they're not mine anymore?) how important their education is and I am serving as an example!
Education >>> Being Comfortable.
To my Wilmington family, thank you. You’ve made this such a memorable experience. This is one is for you!
Are you currently in the process of growing? Forging a new path? I'd love to hear what lessons you've learned through your journey. Let's talk!