What did you think you would become when you grew up?
I remember my mom saying “Anna, some day you are going to become a lawyer because you are always making some kind of argument about something or defending someone that you see as being unjustly mistreated.”
I still do that. Though, I am now (just a bit 😉 ) more mature and I know when I need to stop talking (usually).
I never pursued becoming a lawyer. Instead, my family and I moved to Cancun, Mexico for almost four years to serve orphans. I have so many stories from my time there that I will tell you about someday, but today I want to talk to you about someone else…you.
Standing in the middle of my kitchen, trying to think of what to make for lunch, because every time I open the fridge or pantry it just seems like there is nothing to eat (the fridge and pantry are full but my lunch creativity is sorely lacking. (which happens almost every day!)
I felt a tiny hand tugging on my shirt. It was Analise, holding a horse costume in her other hand. “Mami help,” she wanted me to put it on her. She left the kitchen galloping and being her very cute self. At that moment I heard sounds that reminded me of an action movie, so I went to the living room to find out what it was…
I found Kai and Kael acting out a Star Wars movie (which they have never seen, but I guess that is what they think the movie is like.) There was so much going on in a little room and everything that they were imaging was coming from their life experiences. They were very entertained.
Watching them made me think of something…
How many times do we as moms, or for that matter, any one that lives a “normal” life think that their lives are not interesting?
The truth is that you have a unique story. A story that matters. You are the one with the experiences. You are the one that learned from your mistakes. You are the only one that can share that story in a way that impacts others.
It is incredible to think that inside of every person there is something that someone else needs to hear. You might think that your life is ordinary but you could change someone else’s life by sharing it with them.
I am reading a book called Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk. He believes that a person is “the unique piece of creative.” What a cool way of looking at someones’ life! He puts this idea in a very contemporary way that would resonate with most people, but it is not the first time I have heard this truth.
“I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well” Psalm 139
God created us with a particular perspective. A life that He knew that needed to be part of this world. There is a purpose to your existence, and I believe it starts with your story.
Share your thoughts in the comments. I believe there is so much I can learn from each one of you.
Let’s talk again tomorrow 🙂