Grains of sand incalculable

“…All the decisions that go into making a life — the choices people make together and on their own, that combine to produce any single event. Grains of sand incalculable, pressing into sediment, then rock.” This is again from Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Sometimes, I look at my kids and marvel at everything that had to happen for them to be here. My upbringing that led to my college choice that led me to friendships that led me to my husband. My husband’s own versions of those choices. And that’s just the bird’s eye view of how we met, not the minutia that led to each of those choices and the choices that led to us staying together, getting married, and having children, together, at those particular times. It’s enough to make my head spin. It really is beyond my ability to calculate. Those decisions have manifest as my kids, solid as rock in front of me. What seemingly small decisions in your life have made you marvel?⁣

...All the decisions that go into making a life — the choices people make together and on their own, that combine to produce any single event. Grains of sand incalculable, pressing into sediment, then rock

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. She crafts helpful, science-backed pieces that come straight from the heart. Her writing about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood has appeared in The New York Times, Elemental, Forge, and more.

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