Sounds so simple, but in a world where we are constantly told by other people what to look like, how to act, how to dress, where to be, how to succeed, what jobs we should be working at, and the list goes on, my message to myself on a daily basis and perhaps to you too is: BE YOU.
I’ve been in rooms with leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, beauty queens, classical teachers and musical geniuses. With, professors, millionaires, pastors, teachers, bankers, scholars of all kinds, doctors and lawyers and missionaries.
Everyone is doing their own thing whether they chose to or they felt obligated to. In my experience with my peers, many of us don’t often ask the question first “What makes you happy?” Usually ( and it used to be the case for me at times ) the question is “What’s going to pay the bills?” I get it, and I understand. I have made a lot of mistakes in my young-ish life, but I have taken some of the greatest risks too and I have little regret. I’ve experienced some incredible things because I chose to ignore the haters and the fear, and just do what I had to do. At the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves – are we happy? Life is too short not to be.
We were put on this planet for a purpose, and there is no one else that can do what we as individuals are supposed to do. We are allowed to have way more fun that we think, yet as we grow older, we almost convince ourselves otherwise. Every career, job, purpose I mentioned are all great things to do, but they’re only great if you’re meant to be doing them. There is always someone waiting on the other side of your big AND your small dreams. I just prefer the big ones, but the small ones are a great start. Whenever it’s so big and I know I can’t handle it, that’s when I know I have to believe in miracles. And I do. And I have seen them.
I get why there are so many books written on the subject of finding your identity, and “being the best you”, because in a western world that seemingly thrives on breaking people down and the destruction of humanity and integrity, our true identity of wholeness, of beauty, of worth and of greatness is the most valuable thing we have. It sets us apart, and it makes us great. Whether we make the headlines or not.