I’m not trying to say that you don’t have a lovely face. I’m sure you have a stunning smile, a nice straight jawline and a full head of hair (unless you are my friend Marcus Miller). But your face is one thing and what’s behind that gorgeous face is a whole other thing. When you get out of bed in the morning, and if you are me, crawl your way over to the bathroom and mercifully beg for it to be Sunday, what do you really see behind those eyes? Who is that person looking back at you? AND, do you like LIKE her, really LIKE her? (not in the Facebook LIKE sense.) For me, when I look in the mirror, I see A LOT of things that need some attention. I don’t really want to go into the issues regarding age spots, cellulite and gravity. But I seriously have a whole laundry list of things that I need to work on.
In the not too distant past, 16 months ago to be exact, I had a very minor mid-life crisis. My husband will tell you it was a major crisis and this whole household brought me Chardonnay & Dove Chocolates as peace offerings. Regardless, I started to question myself day and night if I had done everything that I set out to do in this life. I HAD DREAMS BEFORE THESE KIDS came along and wore me down!! I love my kids by the way. But my everyday routine and schedules really had gotten in the way of the big plans I had made for my adult life. So, I started to crawl over to the mirror each morning and look at my face to ask, when I leave this world, what am I leaving behind? What legacy have I left behind for my children to tell their children? Did I leave a big mark on this planet or small? I really struggled with this, every day. Don’t get me wrong, I really love my day job. And I really love my family. You will not find a more passionate person about the company that I have given my life to for the last 15 years. But at the end of the day, the answer stared back at me in the mirror. Functional Pathways is my husband’s legacy. It is his baby. He has grown and nurtured this child for almost two decades and he is a proud Papa, or Big Papa as he calls himself. Dan Knorr lives and breathes this company every day of his life. His love for this company is infectious and his PASSION is contagious. I too have many aha! moments where I bust out with some amazing morsel of genius, which always takes my peers by surprise. But Functional Pathways is not my legacy. This is not what I set out to do. It is what I get up and do every day and I pour my heart and soul into my job. But it is not my legacy and I can’t take someone else’s dream and make it mine. I finally looked in the mirror one day and made peace with my face. I realized now is the time to do what I set out to do.
Dr. Suess is a really cool guy. I mean seriously, some of the most profound things ever written were said by that man. I could quote him all day. But, on this particular day, I am embracing his words, “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.”
So, I got on my way. And here I am. This is what I set out to do. I set out to tell my story. I thought my story would come in the way of a novel that would be praised by the Huffington Post and receive 4 out of 4 stars in my weekly People magazine. But my story is my Blog. I hope to share stories that might motivate, inspire or entertain you. If that didn’t happen today, please don’t abandon my blog and give me another chance! Seriously, don’t abandon my blog.
So, today my question for you is, what did you set out to do? What is your legacy? Because you HAVE TO have a legacy. No matter what. You have to leave your mark on this world. Please share your story with all of us.