Who Will You Be?


The asking starts early. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And at 5 years old, our answers are plentiful. A country music singer, a doctor, and an Olympic gymnast, perhaps all at once or alternating daily.

Over the years, further clarity comes in various forms, through our violin teacher suggesting (repeatedly) that we have no rhythm mixed with a bit of stage fright, through the seeming impossibility of organic chem coupled with an aversion to needles, and through our subpar floor routine, beam routine, and any other routine you want to throw in the mix.

By 30, our answers have shifted to include a new host of possibilities, and more often than not, one of the most prominent is a neon sign of anxiety, flashing, “I still don’t know!

Here’s the good news: It’s okay not to know.

It’s okay to feel like we haven’t hit some magical age or milestone of infinite wisdom, and, truth be told, it would be pretty damn boring if we did feel altogether satisfied in that regard.

While it’s natural for our feelings of confusion and uncertainty to cause us to feel like we’re missing the metaphorical boat of purpose and fulfillment, perhaps, we’re actually missing the point altogether.

Maybe, we’re focusing so much on what we want to do, that we’re forgetting who we want to be.

It’s easy to get lost in our ideas of what our lives should look like, or what we thought we’d have accomplished when we hit a certain age. But it’s important to remember that our lives aren’t necessarily going to be mirror images of what we’d once envisioned them to be. In fact, they probably won’t be. And that’s okay.

Our purpose extends further than we often recognize or truly even know. It isn’t reserved for the workplace, and similarly, it isn’t always measured by monetary means. Each interaction we have, relationship we hold, act of service we extend, and moment of compassion we offer, combines to compose a larger picture of our life’s greater meaning.

What do I want to do with my life?‘ is an ongoing question, and the answer is ever changing as our passions and priorities transform with time. So let’s, for a moment, entertain this question instead, ‘Who do I want to be today?‘ The answers flowing with ease; a person who reserves the time to listen, takes the opportunity to call, smiles readily, holds open the door, and acknowledges the good in others. Of course, the list goes on.

Who will you be today?

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