Love this quote about what we want to be when we grow up:
I wish that the typical confidence-building talk for the young were amended to sound more or less like this: Yes, you may have the potential to achieve all that you want in life. And, yes, you may even become the president of the United States. However, odds are that you won’t. You will likely become instead an elementary school teacher, a doctor, a bank teller, a bus driver, a janitor, or the regional manager in a midsize company. These jobs are as respectable as that of president. What really matters is that just at the president does in his or her job, you will have the opportunity in yours to find fulfillment and to change for the better the lives of others.
I believe we find what we need when we look. Feeling anxious recently as I thought about my past college days and also the rest of my life, I rediscovered “The Opposite of Loneliness” by Marina Keegan.
Not only does her piece capture a truth I had not previously articulated, the circumstances of the article–Keegan wrote the article for graduation and shortly before a fatal car crash–are a reminder to embrace life.
I’m grateful for Keegan’s insightful often funny writing, for my college years, and for the road ahead, even if sometimes I get anxious trying to map it out.
What makes people successful and valuable at work?
Conventional answer: our strengths. But, really? Sally Hogshead says to look at our differences instead. Swap being a “good writer” for being a “meticulously detailed, irreverently funny or results-oriented writer.”
We try to be better at what we do. Sally says to find what how we do it different and make that what we’re known for.
As someone who believes all humans are beautiful, I loved Lupita Nyong’o’s recount of her journey from self-hate to acceptance.
What my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty is that you cannot rely on beauty to sustain you. What actually sustains us–what is fundamentally beautiful–is compassion, for yourself and for those around you.