"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman
This is beautiful. This quote absolutely hit home for me. Sometimes the hard part is first figuring out what makes us come alive, but we were all born with passions placed inside of us.
It is pretty freeing to know that the world just needs us to be us. It needs each of our individual passions. No matter how big or small! The world needs us to just be our unique selves and to be alive in what we are doing. Follow that dream, open that store, write that book, get a job there, be open, share our joy, share our hurt, do whatever makes us feel like we are being our complete selves, and that authenticity & passion will pour into the world. And someone will grow in the soil we watered, and then they will start pouring into the next person, and on and on and on. That is how change happens, that is how we all make an impact; by doing what makes us come alive so we can truly be alive.
I struggled with this the for the past 3 years. Music had been what made me come alive for a long time, and then all of the sudden it stopped and I 100% did not feel alive with what I was doing anymore. In fact, I felt the complete opposite. In turn, I didn't have anything to give, I wasn't taking care of myself, I wasn't being a good friend and the worst part is is that I thought I HAD to stay in that position because I thought music what was I "born" to do and people would be disappointed if I changed my course and maybe I would be disappointed in myself, too. When I realized I was in a bad place, I had to make a decision to start opening up and diving back into the places in my life that I had deserted (which wasn't easy!) and also find the other things that I have a passion for - like this blog for example, and running, and volunteering, and making time for my friends, and loving myself, and being supportive to other people. And with making that uncomfortable change of course (cause let's be honest, it felt like a total identity change), I finally feel like I am living again.
Being alive by what we are doing puts us in the best position to be our best selves. And when we are being our best selves, it allows us to be the best to others.
We are changing the world just by being us, just by doing what makes us feel alive.
Pretty cool, huh?