I have been blessed with a wide variety of mentors and role models over the last three decades. Most recently, I have looked to Toya Green (Higher Definition) for encouragement and motivation. In her recent post, she discussed purpose. Specifically, she notes that it took her two whole degrees before she could answer the question: “what do I want to be when I grow up?”
That hits home for me.
Fortunately, I have always known that I wanted to teach. Having instructors like Mrs. Anita Winstead at MLK Elementary and Mr. Scott Mitchell at Upward Bound we major influences growing up. Then there was Ms. Marilyn and Ms. Genie, Coach Otis Ralston, Daryl Burch, (soon to be doctor) Tiffany Dillard-Knox, James Roland, Ms. Nisey, Dr. Dallas, Dr. Tomarra Adams, Dr. Joy Carew, Dr. Taylor-Archer, and countless others have been essential to my personal growth. Their commitment let me know that I wanted to be an educator and a mentor.
Now that my mid-thirties are here, I have tasked myself with answering a very real question: What do I want to be? Who do I want to be? How do I want to invest in my legacy?
These questions matter and at the core of each one is purpose. I am committed to finding out what makes keeps me energized. The goal of self-care, self-preservation, and sustainability are all key to getting where I want to be. Right here, right now, I am committed to acting based on passion and my people. The development of my vision will lead me to something that has been missing for a while now. I am grateful for the opportunity to reflect on my life and plan for my future. It is a real privilege to be financially secure enough to think about what makes me happy rather than what makes money.
In ten years, when someone asks my son what his mother does, I want the answer to make him smile. I want to rebuild my hometown and bring everyone up with me.
“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” — Michelle Obama