When I was pregnant with Isaac (over five years ago), before I knew we were having a boy, I did some research on names and came across this quote by French writer Émile Zola. If we had a girl, we were planning on naming her “Zola”…so I was curious about the meaning and of any historical figures with that name. I originally got the name from Zola Budd, the Olympic runner who twice broke the world record in the 5,000 meters, and was famous for running barefoot. As a former long distance and cross country runner in high school and college, I admired Zola Budd…and I’ve always liked “Z” names. Besides Zola Budd, Émile Zola was the only other name that came up in my searches…and that’s how I found this quote that I’ve sketched today.
The quote resonated with me…and since then, I’ve kept it in my “back pocket” of sorts…a motivational, yet humbling reminder of what I do and why.