I’ve been thinking about what it means to belong lately. For so much of my life, I’ve felt the pain of separation and not fitting in. It’s felt like looking on from the outside wishing I belonged. Like my face has smushed up been up against this invisible glass window.

So many times I’ve tried to see my reflection through the eyes of another. But the very best reflection I’ve ever seen is the one when I look in the mirror and see a person looking back at me that I like!

First, I needed to learn how to belong to myself. Then, I started finding people who also belong to themselves.

And it’s been in those connections that I’ve felt seen and loved for who I am.

I’m so grateful for all the mermaids in my life! You swim in your own sea and are still willing to swim together.

Hands up if you’re a mermaid too!