Growing up an outsider

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Adventure is not tied
to who said you could come along.
It is tied to the journey
you’ve been on all along.

- Morgan Harper Nichols

I wrote this quote from a deeply rooted place of my own life experiences. Growing up, my sister Jamie Grace and I were textbook outsiders. We were home schooled and preacher’s kids, and when my sister was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, people didn’t understand that, and to be frank, there were quite a few kids who would be flat out mean about it. However, through it all, we remained close, and in that, we learned to make music. We wrote songs. She made Youtube videos. I made art and poetry. Our parents helped us work and raise money to go on trips around the country and around the world that we couldn’t afford to be apart of causes that were important to us. We didn’t have much, but we knew that what God put in us was rich and we were meant to do something with it. So as I sat here, on this rental bike about to ride around San Diego with my husband early in the morning, I couldn’t help but think about how much peace is found in finding joy and adventure everywhere, and how I didn’t learn that out in the world, but deep inside, and not when I was an insider, but an outsider. And honestly, after all of that, now that I look back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. - Morgan Harper Nichols