Sometimes, when we are caught up in the midst of a volatile emotion, we need someone on the outside to look in and tell us the truth.
That is why we need family, people who love us and are not afraid to tell us the truth. I quote, not certain from whom:Friends are family you chose for yourself.
It is so easy to fall into a life where you have no one at all to be ‘the other opinion’. Caught up in following your dreams and aspirations that you shut out everyone who loves you, cares for and is able and willing to be that support system you need, that other opinion.
Listen to Maya Angelou’s Poem:
Alone by Maya AngelouLying, thinkingLast nightHow to find my soul a homeWhere water is not thirstyAnd bread loaf is not stoneI came up with one thingAnd I don’t believe I’m wrongThat nobody,But nobodyCan make it out here alone.Alone, all aloneNobody, but nobodyCan make it out here alone.There are some millionairesWith money they can’t useTheir wives run round like bansheesTheir children sing the bluesThey’ve got expensive doctorsTo cure their hearts of stone.But nobodyNo, nobodyCan make it out here alone.Alone, all aloneNobody, but nobodyCan make it out here alone.Now if you listen closelyI’ll tell you what I knowStorm clouds are gatheringThe wind is gonna blowThe race of man is sufferingAnd I can hear the moan,‘Cause nobody,But nobodyCan make it out here alone.Alone, all aloneNobody, but nobodyCan make it out here alone.
A word of caution, in the form of a question. Who, just who is your other opinion? Is it someone who truly cares for you, or someone who just wants to take something for you? As you try to figure out your answers, let’s have a look into Gabrielle’s life, and her other opinion.
5. Breaking Traditions
I just loved her. Not quite as my sister, but not as I would love any other girl. We always had this bond. Even when she started hanging out with those wazungus from North Creek Road. We still had an irreplaceable bond. At the end of the day, I am the one she would come to, to talk about her dreams, her fears, her hopes, those hopes that were always so high I worried that she would reach them and find disillusionment.
The reason she took up with Nicholas Ferreira had very little to do with his family’s money. She was always one to pick dangerous damaged things to love. Like that dog she brough to her mother’s flat. It had wounds, a broken leg and I worried that it might have rabies. And that is exactly why she took care of it. If no one else would love it, she… Read the rest of the story.
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