what we're doing here

Years ago, M gave me a birthday card with the most amazing message that I've kept the card and have it sitting on my desk at work. I haven't looked at it, read it and taken in the message in a while but today while cleaning my desk, I took a closer look. The text on the front reads:


We didn't come here to fit in.
We can here to be who we are.
We didn't come her to work
We came here to live our dreams.
We didn't come here for the stuff.
We came here to love each other.

We didn't come here by accident.

We each came here with a purpose that is uniquely our own.

Inside it reads: Be, Dream, Love, Thrive. Always.*

*There is no attribution of these words to an author. The card is an American Greetings card. 

It's amazing how we find a sentiment we need exactly when we need it. Although I can't imagine a time when we don't need to be reminded that we each have a purpose. Today is Advising Day on campus where we meet with students and go over their schedules for the next semester or so. It's good to remind students that we all get where we're meant to be differently. There is no one right path to our future. I think it continually changes as we learn and grow and evolve as people. 

This has been an incredibly challenging time in my professional life. I still feel as though I'm trying to find my way. I'm applying for jobs with varying possibilities and potential, finding the opportunity to reimagine my professional self and consider areas I may have overlooked in the past. I need this process to feel hopeful. So, I tell myself: I didn't come here to fit in. I came here to be wgo I am. I didn't come here to work. I came here to live my dreams. 

If ever I needed confirmation of my choices, I can say it is in those sentences.