So, I have a new cousin.
Well, not a new cousin. She’s thirty-five.
A new-to-me cousin.
I don’t want to ‘out’ her by mentioning her name, and her story isn’t mine to tell, either, but we’ve exchanged texts and become Facebook friends, and hopefully in a few days when things are a bit less overwhelming, we’ll get to actually talk, because she seems like a neat person, and as someone who is (biologically) an ‘only’ child, I have a special fondness for finding family members.
So, my message to her was just to welcome her to my crazy, smart, diverse, stubborn, loving family.
Of course, our family is not without its share of angst.
But I’m not part of the angst in this case, merely an outside observer, but today that distance, that detachment put me in the position of offering comfort and advice from someone from whom I’ve often sought solace for myself.
It’s odd, this role-reversal that happens as we get older. I sat down intending to write about all the strong women – both in my family, and in the greater world – that I’m privileged to know, and instead I find myself marveling about my own inner strength, and musing about paths untaken that I’m still considering.
I love that I find new things about myself and about the world every day.
And I love that lost and found don’t have to be opposites, because both conditions share a similarity: they represent change.