It started with a trip to Michael’s in August 2010. Idly wandering through the aisles, I came across the clearance section in the bead aisle. I saw three rings – spacers, actually – for next to nothing. One said “Embrace Life.” One said “Be Inspired.” The third said “Live With Passion.”
I picked them up and thought I could wear them as rings. But three didn’t quite fit on my finger, so I chose my two favorites (the third went to my friend geauxgirl). On a date one night, less than a week after I got them, my date asked what they said.
“One says Embrace Life, the other says Be Inspired.”
“Which one is more important?” he asked.
I considered it. “Both are important. You have to embrace life, and you have to be inspired.” I paused, thinking. “You can’t be inspired without embracing life. But I suppose you could embrace life without being inspired. So I guess that’s more important.”
“Then you should wear that on the bottom, and the other on the top. The most important thing should be closest to your heart.”
I wore those rings almost every day. I looked down at them often, turning the rings around on my finger, playing with them, unconsciously repeating the words over and over again in my head.
Embrace life. Be inspired.