This is how I feel about finishing my book + a celebratory poem

To celebrate finishing my book, I want to share a poem I found a few weeks ago. This poem spoke so deeply to me and I kept it close while finishing my book. This poem reminds me to go on the journey regardless of who comes along. It reminds me to be brave. It reminds me to honor the small, inner voice. "There was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own...." I hope this poem inspires you today, too. xo. EE.

THE JOURNEY by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice-- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. "Mend my life!" each voice cried. But you didn't stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do-- determined to save the only life you could save.