Updated: Jan 13, 2022
Have you ever wondered if you should share your thoughts? Did you question whether they mattered? If anyone would listen? Listen to me --- what if I told you that your voice could impact someone's entire life? Change the trajectory of their future? Then...would it be worth it?
Please don't get me wrong, over the past 40 years of my life I have had moments where I sat silent in a meeting, with friends or family, or when a major decision was being made. These moments left me feeling conflicted...stewing over the decision I made. Wondering if my voice would have mattered.
As I reflect today, I wish I could go back and tell my younger self to love how God made me. Realize I have a purpose. You see...when I was in my 20s, I spent so much time trying to please others. Trying to seek approval. I now know my life is not about others liking me or trying to make everyone happy. It is about me using my gifts and talents to make this world a better place.
In my opinion, if I want to make the world a better place I can't see my life as mundane day-to-day work. I have to believe I have value. We each need to discover who we are, what we value, and then stay true to ourselves. When we do this, we are discovering what matters to us, what we believe in. We can then use our beliefs and our voice to impact others, situations, lives, or even major decisions.
I am not an expert by any means, but I do think experiences can provide wisdom. This wisdom allows you to voice perspectives others may not have. Maybe they haven't walked in your shoes. Maybe they haven't had your experience. Regardless, I think it is important to remember that if even ONE person is affected by your voice...it is all worth it!