You Belong Here and What You are Making Matters.
"That is the beautiful thing about life, all of the paths are always open. You just have to pick one." -Darrell Vesterfelt
Over the past several weeks, I have been blessed enough to sit with, listen to, meet and witness some of the most authentic, genuine and inspiring people. All of it has been overwhelming.
There are so many humans in this world that are refusing to accept the mundane and chase after that which makes them feel purposeful in this world of potential, confusion and mediocrity. It’s hopeful.
This past week I was in Nashville, for Story, a creative conference that inspires people to tell the story they are meant to tell. It’s an interesting idea, really. We’ve all heard it. You each have a story to tell or purpose for being here. But, have you ever really thought about what that is for you?
As Ali Nelson told her intricate story, she went on to tell of an encounter with an unlikely admissions officer who bluntly explained to Ali’s broken spirit, “You belong here and what you are making matters.” Regardless of where you are, what you do or the story you are telling yourself, this is something that we all need to hear everyday.
Personally, I have a tendency to get stuck in a place of what’s next, where do I belong, what does this world need from me? Maybe, it’s as simple as the world needs me and you to just tell our story, whether that is through drawing, speaking, excel spread sheets, cooking, or whatever it is that makes your time pass. What is it that brings your curiosity and wonder and why are you ignoring that?
No, we don’t all need to quite our day jobs, solve world hunger or be the next Picasso but we do have the responsibility to be authentic, do what we love and do a lot of it. As Ruthie Lindsey so eloquently stated, “Get rid of the luxury of fear.” You have one chance here, say what you and only you can say. Look at your story as a gift and share it. All of it, the hard, the beautiful, the mediocrity, the mess and the redemption. You are here, the world needs you and your story.
So pick a path and take it. The good news is, there is always another one right behind that. Failure will happen whether you sit still or try. Fail at something that matters and succeed at something that only you can. You owe it to the world.
“A life well lived is the most exquisite work of art.” - Erwin McManus