28 years ago, I got my first job teaching children. I loved working with kids, singing songs, playing games, doing art, learning, growing. I did not know at the time that taking care of children would become the theme of my life.

Over the years, I have been a mentor and teacher to thousands of children and adults in the United States, Spain, Japan, Korea, and most recently Africa, all the while knowing that my deepest wish was to be a mother.

I kept waiting for the right circumstances, the right husband, the right place, the right timing to be a mom.

But in one life-changing moment, I realized there is never a "right" time.

In July of 2009, I got a phone call that my closest friend had suddenly passed away during the night--no warning, no preparation, no nothing. It was one of the saddest moments of my life. I felt like I had been shot in the heart, with no air to breathe. That week, I called a friend and she consoled me by saying "if you become who your friend was for you, you will never lose her."

Who was my friend for me....? She was the mother I had always wanted to be.

Everything changed from then on. I understood that life is too short to wait for the perfect moment. There are no more excuses and no more fear.

I asked myself, if I want to be a mom, where are there children who need a good mother?

And the rest, as they say, is history. On December 14th, 2009, I flew to Uganda to meet the children of the Good Hope School www.goodhopeschool.net. I had never been to Africa and I flew there alone. The universe brought me to the people who helped me get there, and to the children who needed me. Everything came together with divine synchronicity.

In Uganda, they call me "Mugisha", which means gift. They think I am a gift to them. But the real gift is who they are for me. There, in a small village near Kabale town, I met over 150 children and my Ugandan family. Many of the children are orphans. Their village has no electricity and no indoor plumbing, but it has an abundance of laughter, community, connection, and love. Everywhere there are children, they run out of their houses to greet me, and hug me, and sing to me.

I could not choose just one child to love, so I chose to love them all! And now, they have someone who will help them get what they need to prosper and flourish; and oh so perfectly, they allow me to be who I have always wanted to be.

So if there is someone you want to be: Don't wait.

There is no day but today.

Find someone who wants what you have to give and just BE.

The universe will take care of the rest. I promise.

Author's Bio: 

Micaela Michele Bellopede has a M.Ed. in Multi-Cultural Education and a MA in International Economics and Management. She teaches English (ESL) and Business Communications. She also owns Miraclecatcher Photography and directs the Miraclecatcher Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting creativity and empowering children. She has lived in 7 counties, visited 50+ countries, and is an avid student of new-age and ancient spiritual traditions. Her biggest passion is connecting with people from all over the world to create more peace, compassion, and understanding.

“By believing in miracles, we create them.” MB