Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
It was a bit late this year, but my mom and I finally got around to watching "It's A Wonderful Life" tonight. With this movie under our belts, I finally feel like the holiday season is complete.
Watching this movie always makes me feel good and makes me think about how lucky I am to have everything that I do in life. It's such a classic movie about family, friends, and the impact each person's life has on all other lives around them. You never realize how much of an impact you have on the lives of those around you until you think about how different everything would be were you not in the picture.
Throughout high school, I had this habit of always telling my parents that no one remembered me. No matter what the topic of conversation: former classmates, school plays, happenings in town... anything that I was involved in, I thought that people would forget about me as soon as it was over. I just never felt like I made that much of an impression on anyone, especially because with my social anxiety, I never rally spoke to people. Yet somehow people always did remember me. It was usually because of my hair (my long, thick blonde hair always stood out), but no matter what the reason, more people than I could believe actually remembered who I was.
When I think about it now, I realize how many lives I have impacted over the years. I think that some of the most significant ways I've touched people's lives would be through interacting with the siblings who have been in my life. I've also interacted with so many children over the years through teaching and volunteering. I hope that my writing has impacted some lives in a positive manner as well, both through my stories and my blog posts.
Sometimes it's difficult to realize that you've done good in the world. You don't want to brag about things that you've done, or you simply think that you aren't that important. You think that you can never measure up to something as good as someone else that you know. But when you stop and realize what the world would be like without you in it, you realize how much of an impact you have truly made on those around you.
Can you think of some lives that you've touched? I want everyone to think about a special connection they have made or some way that they've impacted a life. Tell me about it in the comments as you reflect!
Thank you so much for your continued support! I look forward to sharing more stories about my experience with foster care, and hopefully hearing from readers who have questions or similar stories to share. I'm always willing to answer questions and hear about other experiences! Please don't forget to like and share my Facebook author page as well!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.