I should probably start by saying that all over my wall in my room I have cards, notes and the occasional old service or hymn sheet. It's very colourful! One of the old service sheets that is rather conveniently at head height right beside my bed is from a service that the little Margarety one did. In it there was a quote that I really like. The quote itself is from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and it is brilliant!
"It's never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."
I really like it because it just seems to sum up how life should work. It very simply states how I have tried to live this year, and how I hope to live. I've seen things that have startle me, I've felt things I've never felt before and I have certainly met plenty people with different points of view. And yes, it is a life I'm proud of. Yet I will have to find the strength to start all over again, even if I am proud of it. Leaving Iona does feel a little like starting all over again, but not necessarily in a bad way. I need to take back everything I have done, everything I have become and everything I now want. Starting all over again is only because I have to learn to fit that it to the future, not just the present here now.
Things can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing.