You know the phrase – “change is inevitable.”
We can’t help it. We can’t stop it.
We can prepare for it.
Last month, I spoke at my first professional (and paid) speaking gig. Needless to say, I was very excited and nervous at the same time.
But this is a new adventure in my life. Moonlighting as a guest speaker for small events at my church has given me some experience, but this is a step toward a possible new vocation.
Am I ready for this change?
For the longest time, I enjoyed a nice sheltered life. I hadn’t experienced anything extreme. And I was happy.
I thought life for everyone was like this. I rarely noticed kids at school who “looked” different. I thought people chose to keep old beat-up cars for nostalgia purposes. And the adult working at McDonald’s late at night, I assumed that was the shift he chose to work.
I didn’t know there were struggling people out there.
I live in South Dakota, where helping your neighbor isn’t even a question that needs to be asked. It’s just a given. But really, shame on me.
Slowly, though, as I’ve grown, I’ve come to realize that life isn’t always so peachy for everyone.
Very recently, I had my imaginary perfect world blow up – simply due to one book.
There is a bigger question behind Shakespeare’s famous quote “all the world’s a stage” – who is your audience?
If you were a singer, would it matter if you were singing to the birds or to a concert hall?
If you were a writer, would it matter if you had 0 visitors on your website or 10 best-selling books?
If you were a basketball player, would it matter if you were on the “B” team or if you were a starter?
Let’s be honest here. Joy is not the first emotion that comes to mind when I think of dieting.
I think of hatred.
Every cake and cookie type confection that has ever been made.
Then I think about Jamaica, which is the reason I am getting into shape. My trip that will be here in 6 months.
I remember the beaches, landscape, and ocean. I remember the food. The people. The relaxing week we spent there on our honeymoon in 2010. And the bikini I was able to wear.