I know you have a deep desire inside of your heart for something more.
What you've done, what you've accomplished, how far you've come...it's just not enough. Yes, it's good. It's note-worthy. (And it should be celebrated.) But you know there is more out there. More to do. More to conquer.
This is why you'll spend 2 hours working on your summer calendar--making sure every staff meeting is planned, every camp is scheduled, every baseball game noted.
You'll spend time pouring over your weekly obligations, making sure every single thing has a place. You'll do what no one else will do, because for you, life is so much more than just getting the laundry done or watching every episode of the newest trending show.
There's nothing wrong with people who live without a calendar, fly by the seat of their pants, and spontaneously make plans at the last second. Heck, no. But that's not you. You know that you have to be ever-so-diligent to plan out your days and weeks and months so you can do MORE. You're on a mission. You are determined to succeed. You'll order groceries online and put your toilet paper on autoship from Amazon, because to you, life shouldn't be wasted on chasing the ordinary. No, you're on a mission. In the pit of your stomach, you feel a burning heat. "There must be more to life than this. I'm still not satisfied. I can do more. I can dream bigger."
People tell you, "You're so busy! You do so much!" and you think to yourself, "I'm not even challenged yet. I'm actually still bored." That's the signal that you were made for more than an ordinary life. Some people want to sit on the couch and just play Candy Crush. Not you. You'll push and push and push and get that project done and people to help you. You'll have your laptop on your lap while binge-watching your favorite TV show, because, yes, you like your shows, but there's work to be done.
You see other people enthralled with trends and celebrities and passing fads. You distractedly notice, but your focus is on accomplishing your dreams.
Sometimes you feel out of place. Maybe you're the only one who wants something more. Something extraordinary. Maybe there's something wrong with you.
Psssst. I’m here to tell you: There's nothing wrong with you. You were made for this! What others think is hard is almost effortless for you. You thrive on the challenge. You love the fight. You are competitive and strong and you can't stand being bored.
There's nothing wrong with you! Heck no. You were created on purpose, for a purpose! Stop comparing yourself to others! Let them run their race and you run yours. Stay in YOUR lane and do what YOU are called to do.
You can do big things, my friend. And you want to know the best part? When you do your thing, and you accomplish your goals? You inspire others. Yes, you do. You inspire other people to go for THEIR dreams. And that? That is a powerful thing!
Should I despise the Olympic medalist who loves to run and just won't stop training? No! Just because I don't like to run does not mean he should stop! I admire his running and his dedication. I'll do my thing and he will do his. And that runner won't give me a second glance. He ignores the stares and the incredulous looks of bystanders or onlookers. He runs. He runs well. He breaks his own records and keeps pushing.
I implore you: Get out there and go for your dreams. Run your own race. And run it well!
I'm cheering you on.
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!