"Don't look into the past, you'll get stuck there. Look to the future, and right now, that's the way to be happy. Carry the memories with you, but don't get stuck there."
"Don't wish how things were, or how you could have lived it differently."
"Remember to ask people into your life, you need people. Don't settle, wait for love. It'll happen one day you'll be looking across the room, and see that person, and you'll know, just wait... you'll see, I'm right."
"Know who you are, and stick with it. You can't go wrong if you stick to what is true to you."
Sylvia said so much more, but those are the only ones I can remember right now. She added this wisdom and insight easily and comfortable into her conversation. She has a wonderful spirit, tender nature and an ease about her. She spoke about her children, grandson, and deceased husband (gone 12 years) with such love I couldn't help but love them too.
Sylvia asked about Mia and I, we told her about our trip & what we were doing. Sylvia then said words she couldn't have known Mia needed to hear:
"Keep doing what you're doing. It's important, people care and are listening. You need to complete this, don't lose heart. Keep going."
Mia has been struggling with some home (family) sickness. Mia, misses them. She LOVES seeing everyone and catching up with people she hasn't seen in years, and she misses hugs from her family. It's been a struggle Mia has been struggling with for a couple weeks now. That and feeling like no one was reading, caring, or following anyway. Something about this stranger saying it's important, and people are listening seemed more reassuring than logically possible. There's no way for Sylvia to know this, she doesn't even have a computer, to follow along herself. But STILL something about her saying it, renewed Mia's faith that being out here is a good thing, and really whether others are "listening" or not.
It's important to Mia, important; as Sylvia said "Know who you are, and stick with it".
Mia agrees she wants to know who she is, and she will stick with it.