I guess I should back up a little and explain. I have referred to the most influential people in my life as my "black sheep" for as long as I can remember. I had met about 3 of them before I graduated high school, and now I'm up to about a full dozen. These people have either said or done something that has impacted my life in a very important, lasting way.
The one who told me that it was up to me to save myself.
The one who showed me I could truly accomplish whatever I put my mind to.
The one with the unshakable spirit and never-ending kindness.
The one who never judges anybody. Literally nobody.
So many ways that I could list...so many specific moments that made me change my course and start down another path. All of them lead me to where I am today. And all of them are still altering my life in some way or another every single time I have to stop and make a decision. They have shaped the way I see the world and how I choose to live my life. And now one of them has a new baby of their own! I cannot express exactly how much joy I feel at the prospect of a brand new black sheep getting ready to make their own presence known in the world.
She will do great things.
She's growing up in a house with some of the strongest, most passionate people I know. Plus, it's in her genes!
Here's to the next generation of my black sheep.
I love every single one of you.