Recently, on Facebook, a couple people I know posted this question on their Timelines:
“What’s something you have done that you’re reasonably confident you’re the only person on my Friends list who has done it?’
After a few minutes of wracking my brain for proof of my own unique adventures, I still couldn’t think of any. So, I decided to read some of the comments.
“I spent the day with the Dalai Lama.”
“I was given an environmental award by Ed Begley, Jr.”
“I went to the American Ambassador’s house in The Hague.”
“I successfully lobbied during college to fund foreign aid programs to reduce child mortality.”
I looked away from the screen and slumped in my chair. What did I have to show for my 50 plus years on this planet?
It’s clear that other people had that same concern because, on the second comment thread, I saw a lot of “My life is kinda boring” replies.
Well, it doesn’t have to stay that way.
What’s nice about being attuned to a strategy of “reinvention” is the awareness that NOW IS THE TIME!
You don’t like what you have to show for your already lived years? Decide NOW what matters to you and how you’re going to act on it.
If you happened to see a variation of that post thread on your Facebook, did you read any of the comments and say, “I wish I would have done something like that.”? NOW is the time to figure out how you can.
One way you can zero in on what drives you is to do in-depth personal reflection, as I talked about here. Or maybe you’ve been tossing around some ideas in your head and haven’t yet committed to taking action.
Because one of my sons has a learning disorder and doesn’t seem to thrive in a traditional education environment, I’ve often wondered if he would benefit from a CTE (Career and Technical Education) program. Isn’t NOW is the time to research and/or advocate for him because he’s still two years away from high school?
Yes. That’s what matters to me, and I’m going to find out how I can take action.
What’s important to you? What would you like to do to make a difference in your world?