I used to chase perfection, thinking that I would finally be a worthy person I had it all together, crossed all the items off my to-do list, had all the answers and did all the right things. I used to have this image in the forefront of my mind of who I wanted to be—strong, smart, beautiful, fearless—a list of impossibles that I would use as my self-definition. But the more I chased these unreachable things, the more empty I’d become.
What if the purpose of life is not to find and bring in happiness, but to cultivate joy within others? To give, to love, and to be useful with all we have.
Life is about learning what makes you, you and wildly pursuing that. It’s about learning who you are and becoming the best you that you possibly can.
Commenting ‘thoughts and prayers,’ on someone’s status does not actively shift what’s happening to them. Re-sharing a post about something you agree with does not make change. Telling someone ‘I’m here for you,’ but doing nothing to really show up is meaningless. There must be action, too.