Circles are all around us. Our circular irises and pupils inside of the very eyes that we use to look at this great big, beautiful, round planet allow us to see the infinite circles that exist everywhere we look. Wheels, clocks, wedding rings, are just a few of the circular objects we encounter on a daily basis.
Beyond what we can physically see, circles are a universal symbol with something intrinsically divine about them. Consider the circle of life, and the constant and infinite flow of energy. It’s a never ending loop, a symbol of forever.
Thirteen years and one month ago I was on my way to bring lunch to my mom at her office. I was home for the weekend, and after lunch I would be driving a few hours back to my apartment at the college I was attending in Orlando.
When I arrived to her office, I sat at a circular table at the corner of the room. We started eating lunch, and shortly after, my mom introduced me to the man that would change my life. This person would become my boyfriend, my husband, and father of my children. He would become my whole world. But not before I changed my whole world for him. I moved back home to South Florida from Orlando, and transferred to the University of Miami, so that I could be closer to him while still attending school.
Today, I brought our two little boys back into that same office, back to that same circular table where my husband and I first met. I wanted to take a photo of our family at the place where our journey began so many years ago to always remember just how far we have come. The past thirteen years have been filled with so many highs and lows, ups and downs, twists, and turns. No matter those things that tried to derail us from our path, we have been able to stay the course. It’s recently become clear that we have now come full circle in this chapter of our lives.
Soon, I will be returning to Orlando, back to where I was living when I originally met this man who changed my life’s course. Well, not exactly back to a college dorm room, thankfully. My circular journey back to Central Florida will be with the people that represent “home” to me. My circle of people, my family.
My husband has accepted a new position with the company that brought us together. We are excited for the next chapter of our lives, and grateful for the beautiful life that we have been so blessed with. It won’t be easy to leave South Florida, our family, and friends to start our new journey. But, I’ve come to realize that no matter where we go, as long as we are together we will always be whole, and we will always be home.
image above from: This Moment Is Full of Wonders: The Zen Calligraphy of Thich Nhat Hanh (aff link)