Hi, I’m Siv and I’m from Southern California.
I was born in Santa Monica, grew up in San Diego, went to college in Santa Barbara, and returned to San Diego again as an adult.
My kids were born in SoCal, but as we celebrate 15 years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area this month, I recognize that my kids are from NorCal. This is the place they call home.
Where you’re from shapes your life.
From is a transition word. We can be from a place even if we’re not there now. We can be from an organization as a participant, member, representative. We can also move from one season – of the year or of life – to another. From summer to fall. From vacation to work and school. From happiness to grief, from mourning to dancing.
As someone from SoCal, the beachy vibe soaked into my DNA. When life feels too much, I need to get to the ocean. I breathe differently at the coast, like I’ve been holding my breath everywhere else. I know this about myself because I know where I’m from and how it has shaped me.
I’m also from a family, and my mom’s side of the family is from Norway. There’s a rugged strength to the Norwegians that I respect in my mom and grandmother and sometimes I hear echoes of it in me.
I’m also from God’s family which shapes my beliefs about who I am and what I’m here on earth to do. In particular, I believe God has given me a gift and a calling to use my words to encourage you to have hope, seek beauty, and live joyfully.
Where are you from, and how has it shaped your life?
Five Minute Friday prompt: FROM