This is one of my all time favorite lyrics by Sara Barielles. It's become a bit of a mantra for me in life.
Have you ever been asked
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
or "What do you want to do when you graduate?"
or "What are you going to do with that degree?"
I've been asked all three-countless times, especially that last one.
And every time I grow flustered, trying to think of a good answer. Something that will sound impressive, knowledgeable, or atleast keep the questioner from looking at me like I'm screwed.
Well...I've got my answer.
It isn't impressive. It isn't groundbreaking. But it's me.
I want to be love.
I imagine the person who asked me these questions might be thinking..."how can you be love?"
Well, I see it every day in people. It's what makes me believe in the light. It's what gives me joy.
When I see a person stopping to take a picture of a couple trying to do it themselves...
When I see someone opening a door for someone else with a smile...
When someone asks me "how are you" & actually listens to the answer...
When a child gives me a hug just because...
When a dog or cat snuggles up to you on the couch...
That's love. And that's what I want to be.
What if that was what everyone wanted to be? What if it was the one good thing worth trying to be?
That's a dream I will always dream.