Last Thursday, at 9:32pm, Hannah Marion Van Carpels was born. Now, this may seem entirely unremarkable – about 12,000 babies are born every day in the US – but for me, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hannah is my daughter’s daughter; her first child and my first grandchild. I was thrilled and honored to be with my daughter and her husband throughout her labor and delivery, and to be there for Hannah’s first breath.
And I was reminded yet again of what I felt the days my own daughter and son were born: life is an astonishing gift and miracle. It doesn’t matter that 150 new lives start every minute around the world; just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s not amazing.
Hannah’s birth reconfirmed my commitment to helping as many people as possible take best advantage of their lives, by becoming who they want to become.