Fear Not Your Next Step Dear Tate Marie

Fear not your next step, fear not the unknown, do not look back and do not question your dreams.

It is time for you to fly and you are ready. I know this.

When the time comes, take a deep breath, close your eyes for a second and picture all the people you love wrapping you in a blanket of love. Smile. Open your eyes and only look forward. Now open your beautiful wings and take a chance—fly.

Rest assured you will not fall, for you are ready. Rest assured you will not circle back, because the world is waiting for you, and quite frankly the world needs you. Fly forward knowing you have family and friends in your heart and beneath your wings.

Dedicating your life to the Peace Corp and eventually becoming a health care professional who helps children is you who you’ve wanted to be for a long time. It is who you are.

You are ready and you will be great. Will it be easy? Absolutely not. Will you question your choices-most of us do. Will you miss your old life-sure. But when it gets hard ask yourself-has the past always been easy? Would you have done it differently? I dare say no.

What you learn as you get older is that self-confidence comes from within. It comes from being loved and nurtured. It comes from knowing that you are special and that God has a plan for you.

Grace comes from understanding life isn’t a Fairy Tale or a Hollywood movie. Sometimes we know exactly what the next step in our life should be and sometimes we only have faith.

I think you have learned that if you stay true to your heart and if you have faith things will work out. I believe this is God’s Grace at work.

This kind of Faith takes away fear. You do not have to know right now exactly what the next two years are going to be like. You do not have to know right now what lesson you are going to learn by choosing to dedicate yourself to the Peace Corp. You don’t have to know all the answers today. The journey will unfold; your life will change, all according to God’s Plan. You just have to have the courage to start this new journey. That’s all you have to do.

As a mom, and I do think of you as one of my own angels, we spend a lot of time nurturing and preparing our angels for life. Actually letting them go is not something we prepare very well for, especially me. I am much better at hanging on than letting go.

I had my own anxieties about your Peace Corp dream, while I admired your spirit, the big world seemed far too dangerous to any angel of mine. But I confess, I’ve had a complete change of heart. You planned it all out-but it didn’t go according to your plan. That’s how life works. But you didn’t give up. You had Faith. I believe God has brought you to this point in time, to this Peace Corp assignment, to this country, for a very special reason.

As a mom, I know that as much as I would like to hold on, you were meant for great things and you are ready.

The greatest gift your family and friends can give you is your freedom and encouragement to fly. We are all in your heart and you are in ours, so the miles don’t matter.

So go have an adventure of a lifetime. Go share your light on the world, go share your love with the lucky children of Africa. You are ready and we will be here cheering you on with love and pride in our hearts.

May God bless you and keep you safe on your journey my angel.

Love,
Jackie

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