Are you living your life to the fullest? Have you become all you want to be? These questions can help determine how you feel about yourself. Are you where you want to be in your life? Sometimes behind the titles we hold, we forget who we really are or who we planned to be. We get so busy we give up our talents and hobbies and end up in jobs we hate, doesn’t pay enough, and we are miserable. I think we all should take a class called, what would you want to be when you grow up? But this is reality, we have to live the real life. This is where a life coach comes into play. You can’t be what your parents or others think you should be. Look at how many degrees you and don’t ever use them because finances said go get a job to get the bills paid.

When you aren’t happy with what you do, where you work, and where you are going in life you end up in depression, lost, or feel like there isn’t a purpose. From the ages of 5-9 you have an idea of what you want to be when you grow up. Yet, something in life happens and you lose that vision or dream and forget your purpose. I’ve seen people go from making money to homeless.

Everyone has a purpose and a calling, I am sure of that. I met a woman a few days ago whom life had beat down and she is living in her car. We sat and talked, shared our stories, and cried together. The first thank you was for letting her know regardless of her circumstances she was loved and somebody. Crying is a great release when it comes to pain and still find joy and laughter in the storm. Did I pass her by like everyone else because of her appearance or think I was better than her to speak? My motto has always been I am not better than the man on the corner or the rich man in the mansion. We are all someone and it takes all of us to complete our purpose in life.

I have been homeless and most people think I have it all together, which I find humor in because I know better. Do not assume anything about someone because of their appearance. That homeless woman or man on the corner have a story and once lived in the world. If you don’t believe me go ask someone their story. Most have been places you wouldn’t imagine in your life. Every person has a story sit down with them and ask them to share theirs.

I am telling you just because you have your life planned and mapped out, doesn’t mean it will always go that way or how we think it should go. Some struggles put your schooling back, dreams back, and life takes over. Having a child or children, which will keep most parents from exploring their passion, they have to do what pays the bills. That doesn’t mean give up it means make it through the storm and find your passion that will pay the bills. Find what, where, how, and who so that you don’t get lost chasing life and it passes you by.

Don’t throw life away when it doesn’t go your way. Regardless of the struggle you will always make it through. Listen to others tell their story and how they overcame. Don’t forget where you come from or where you are headed and don’t allow life to beat you down find the missing pieces, let go of the hurt, and walk in your purpose.

Amanda Graves

Communications Director

adgraves@uccmag.com