So for the past 3-4 years, large birds have gathered on local buildings (beginning with this church) throughout the year. At first, I was in shock. What were these things? Where did they come from? Where were they going? Was it safe for them to be there? My mind was filled with questions every time I drove by them. I figured it was some random fluke and one day they were all gone. Then a few months went by and they returned! This pattern repeated throughout the years and I believe that the size of the flock has increased as they now also gather in nearby large evergreens and other random buildings. I am simply fascinated with these creatures and I have no clue why. Each time they return, I find myself texting my mother and husband, “My birds are back!” (I’m not sure if they find this humorous, or if they are looking up local therapy sessions for me to attend.). Nevertheless, I text them again the next time.
I’m not sure why I am so fascinated with these creatures. I find myself constantly questioning their journeys and reasons. However, the more I reflect on it, the more I realize that this is not that uncommon of a practice for me. As I’m out in public locations, I find myself wondering the same things about the people who pass me by. Where is he/she going? How are they feeling today? Do they enjoy their career? Have they always lived in this area? What’s the story behind that scar? My questions tend not to be ones around judgement, but rather, ones that yearn to know the story behind the bodies I pass. There’s so much one can learn from another person’s life. Hearing the background can give you empathy and foster understanding. The journeys one has gone through can help inform you as you navigate through tough waters. Watching these birds makes me question my own path: where am I heading? Where will I be in five years? Will it be what I anticipated? Who will still be in this journey with me? Where will I fly? However, just like the realness of these birds, as is the reality of life and so there is no crystal ball. As a result, I’ll wave to my birds and pass them by, as we both continue our journeys forward in life to discover where we’ll fly.
Ahmeli… the path is up to you, where will you fly?
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