My brother Finn and his lovely partner Daya recently brought Sam Xavier Gale into the world in April. Congratulations to the newly-minted parents! We wish them and their new baby the best the world has to offer. Also, a cheers to my parents for their first grandkid and great-grandkid for my grandma.
Finn and Daya are two of the most sincere, loving, and grateful people in our lives and I know they will be amazing parents. Here’s to a new life in their world, a fresh fork in the road for my brother, and the continuing journey of discovery for both of them. We were lucky enough to have the space to fly to Idaho to visit two days after Sam was born to spend some time with everyone. Holding Sam and letting him grip my fingers, it blew me away that my brother and Daya created this little being. I am so proud and happy for them.
Little Sam, may you live a life true to your heart. A life full of adventure, learning and love. May you travel to expand your mind and also sit still to journey within yourself. Ignore what other people think and do what you want to. I wish I’d taken this to heart years ago: Live a life where you charge toward fear. Acknowledge it. Know the obstacles. And then brandish your skills, rally your energy and live true to who you are. Don’t let others tell you what you should do, simply follow your inner beacon. As Frederick Buecher penned, “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
Sam, here is the world. May you walk on this Earth with the power to do whatever makes you happy and fulfilled to your core. We’re all excited to enjoy the journey with you.