When I finally gathered the courage to tell my parents that I intended to change my major entering into my junior year, you could have cut the tension in the room with a knife.
Marisa, 22, who's working as an escort and says she feels alienated from her family, wants to know: "Am I fixable and worth
Can you think of one area of your life that you have always wanted (and even tried) to make a change in, but never seem to make it happen? Or you did change it for a while... then it slowly went right back to the way it was before?
Our mistakes and failures are gifts, gems, guideposts in our learning and growth as people. So embrace failures, mistakes, screw ups and shortcomings because they not only make us uniquely who we are, but also teach us powerful lessons like the nine below.
“Anybody can complain, belly-ache and criticize what’s going on. It’s much more difficult to become part of the solution
Just recently -- 48 years later -- I bought myself a brand new bike. And you know what? I sing on this bike. I let my voice rise in wonder and love. My heart cries from my throat with joy and laughter, with awe and gratitude. I let it rip and roar as I pedal and explore this city that I call home.
The inside of my brain is bursting. I want to scream, but I know this is childish and pointless. I'm over 50 years old -- and I know better. But, I'm a mom and when I watch the aftermath of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook, the fibers on my neck burn and I feel the maternal desire to protect.
It is hard to believe the New Year is almost two weeks away. As much as I like to subscribe to the resolution tradition, I've come to realize over the years that often, they don't stick. The reason is simple: It is human nature to bite off more than we can chew.