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Yep, this is going to be one of those posts where I share way too much about myself. Can anyone say, TMI? Brace yourselves.
So, I was born during a major life upheaval involving my parents, the kind of upheaval that's, well, too 'upheaval-ish' to explain. Suffice it to say, that I was destined to inherit 'the nerves' my mother 'suffered' from, during my gestation. In spite of it all, she eventually made it to the nine-month mark, and gave birth to the most wonderful baby girl, ever (that's me, just in case you were wondering). My actual birth, I was told, was an upheaval of another kind. This upheaval I can tell you about.
To give the full story, I have to go back to the day before I arrived. My mother was getting on a train to go home, after attending our country's pre lenten Carnival celebrations. Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is a huge national festival, and there are thousands of people looking to get home after each of the festivities. My mother, along with her children, found herself in a line of uneasy people, and one of them inadvertently knocked her bulging mid-section. That was the start of a 48-hour delivery that was filled with action and drama.
Just after midnight, my mother went into serious labor. She was having a home birth. In fact, in those days in our islands, it was either arranging beforehand to have your baby at the hospital or having your baby at home with the visiting nurses. My mother chose the home nurse. But at that ungodly hour, when the labor pains intensified, the local health center was closed, and reaching nurse Hoyte by phone was not an option - phones were not a widespread commodity in the islands back then, so someone had to go get her. My mother volunteered my eldest sister. Oh, side note, I was told that one thing they did not have to worry about back then, was serious crime. So, my sister was safe to walk the three-quarter mile trek, all alone, at that hour, to fetch the woman who would nudge me into this glorious sphere. During hours of screaming, coaxing and professional assistance, I was pushed, then pulled, into the world.
My birth experience, fortunately, or unfortunately, was to set the tone of my life. Upheaval followed by rebirth; a pattern with which I'm uncomfortably comfortable.
Of course, I didn't have a clue back at age zero, that things were going to remain messy during this gift, called life. I didn't know that I'd have to work at figuring out all the crazy situations that ended up in my lap. But, perhaps, it was better that I didn't get a life manual. In fact, I know it is better this way; because now that I get to follow my life in a sort of silver-screen classic that I have on constant playback, I can look at all the discoveries, mishaps, near-misses and high points, and see patterns that speak to something greater and bigger than me in all of the scenes. Something great brought me here, and for a certain reason too, and for years I've been conscious of a 'me' that is waiting to be born. I already know she's awesome; I can tell that much.
How do I know this? Because God himself told me in Jeremiah 29:11 when He said: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
I see so much evidence of the 'me' I'm becoming daily. I see it in my unfolding talents and a re-awakening of my mind. In the meantime, I'll do whatever work it takes until my current version of me shakes hands with 'me'.
I want to share my journey with the world, including a bit of all the facets that shape my life - my journey back to health, my love of fashion, my fancy for all things pretty and my poetry and songwriting. Would this be something you'd be interested in knowing? Please let me know in the comments.
***Charmaine Daisley is a Creative Writer and Brainstorming Geek. She also runs Pretty Healthy Charmaine, a blog that provides insights into Christian living and healthy eating - all with a dash of pretty.
Hi, I'm Charmaine Daisley and I'm inviting you to share my journey of living a pretty healthy Christian lifestyle. I'll share my adventures of eating healthy and feeding my mind with the word of God - plus anything pretty that can bring some inspiration and joy to our lives. When I'm not managing this blog, you can find me writing up a storm or doing creative brainstorming for clients.