Today I was having a conversation with a wonderful mentor of mine, and was talking to him about the choices we make in our careers — where to teach, why we teach, how we figure it all out. I feel like a lot of days I am worried about doing enough, about contributing positively to the world to my fullest human extent, and he threw out this beautiful expression of words. It went something like this:
“In the course of a fully expressed life, you have time to do it all.”
In a society that is often quick to define our lives by our careers, I thought this was incredibly profound and well, just helpful. It made me feel like there is time (much time), and that the happenings and actions and movements we make in the sidelines should be given just as much credit as shapers of our identities and of our lives as our jobs do.
Who are we in the corners, cracks, and sidelines of our fully expressed selves?
I know that I am a cook. A list-maker. A sister. A large cup of coffee in the morning drinker. I am a book collector and a flowers-around-the-house admirer. I am an ally and a friend and a change-seeker. I am all of these things and many more in the course of this thus far fully expressed life, but I hope to be even more. Luckily, there’s time for that.