Eat. Pray. Hike.

In the book Eat, Pray, Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert embarks on adventure across Italy, India and Indonesia to find happiness, connection and meaning.  At the very end of the book, as she prepares for the next chapter of her life, Gilbert turns to her new found lover and says, “Attaversiamo,” which means let’s cross over, let’s do this, and they do. Let’s cross over to what comes next. That’s exactly where I find myself as I approach the end of my twenties and prepare to turn thirty in September.  I don’t know how others have felt about turning thirty but I approach it with curiosity and excitement.  I wasn’t a big fan of my twenties.  My twenties, and even my teens, marked for me a time when I was uncomfortable in my own skin.  When I wanted desperately to please other people and tried to stuff myself into the shapes and molds that society created around me.  “Maybe I am supposed to act like this,” I thought to myself. “Or like this,” I would add.  Even after I discerned my call to ministry at the age of 21, it was a long time before I shared freely my experiences of faith and what I believed.  I was afraid that if I did freely express myself, and I did not conform to the right beliefs, I would not be approved in the ministry process.  However, somewhere along my twenties, I realized […]

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