“Where I Come From” is a Darling series that pays homage to the cities, towns and countries that we call home. Although we are not defined by where we come from, these places are a defining part of our stories. 

I come from a place of endless sunsets
That take your breath and the day away
Persuading you to see the color in your life
As your heart melts into the changing sky
And you’re reminded that you’re alive

I come from a place of lofty palm trees
That dance, sing and sway in the breeze
As they gently nudge you to take it easy
Helping you take yourself less seriously
And live life more compassionately

I come from a place of soft white sand
That sticks like happiness between your toes
As it soothes your soul and lets your worries go
Inspiring you to build sandcastles in the sky
And daydream as the clouds pass you by

I come from a place of afternoon storms
Where the weather’s nearly always the same
Except in brief pockets of unexpected rain
Prompting you to stay on your toes
And recall all the comforts of home

I come from a place of colorful seashells
Leaving love notes along the sandy shores
Bringing together old, young and everyone
To walk together like a moving meditation
And collect memories down the sand

I come from a place of key lime pie
A place where you smile and always say hi
Where southern charm is mixed with beachy vibes
Where the unexpected always tends to happen
And yet, you can always count on the sun

I come from a place of orange blossoms
Where it always smells of summer and citrus
Hugging your senses even in the dead of winter
A splash of sweet into your glass half full of life
And a fragrant memory of candied serenity

I come from a place unlike anywhere else
And I would not have it any other way

Image via Raisa Zwart Photography

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