Five months, to be exact.
That's how much time has passed since I last spoke to you.
Maybe long enough to tell you about the choices I made since. I say maybe because I'm scared it'll go away; rush into a cloud, lost to the thunder.
Hello, my name is Eva Ladhani and I work in the coolest, most awesome, green and blue marketing department ever. Each year, Cerner Corporation hosts a massive health conference with 20,000 or so attendees - Cerner Health Conference (CHC). I work with that company, for that team. Building the gaming portion for its new mobile app; writing pieces for its resource guide; coordinating an interactive art project; leading efforts for the post-event survey; crafting emails to drive sponsorships. I could go on.
It gets better. When I'm not working with the CHC team, I'm a writer for the Creative Services team. Six months here and six there.
And I couldn't be more grateful.
Months of fear, sleepless nights, heavy, anxiety-ridden breathing, hot flashes and damage-inducing, hulk-like workouts (looking for a way out). Dark times. I gave it so much significance.
I did that.
And I'm overdue thanks. For constantly standing for me, for restoring the chunks I removed of myself and discarded, for watching me fail and face disappointment time and time again, and having the heart to remind me of what I have.
It really does take a village. A willing, unrelenting force of a village.
From the deepest corner of my heart, today I'm stopping to say thank you. If I haven't said it already, or enough, read this and know how much you've done for me, how far you've brought me.
As I sign off, I'm reminded of this quote by MLK:
"An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
This is who you've been for me; that individual who concerns himself/herself with the broader concerns of all humanity.