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March 14, 2024

“It doesn’t need to be forever for it to be right.”

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As a culture we’ve romanticized the idea of ‘happily ever after’. We’re told to ‘never quit’, ‘always be loyal’, and to 'stick it out'. And in that there’s an extra suggestion that anything else is weak or selfish.

I think that’s a bit unfair.

I’ve found that life has seasons, rhythms, and flows. Certain times requires certain things, and other times require other things. That’s why today I want to add this very important perspective: “It doesn’t need to be forever for it to be right”.

There are friends that come and go in your life, and play a really pivotal purpose while they’re in it. When the friendship slowly fades away it’s no one’s fault, it ran its course. I have many friends like that who I’m not as close with but am still deeply grateful for how they impacted my life.

The same goes for a hobby or interest. Right now I’m doing Jiujitsu and I already know that it’s not something I’ll do for the rest of my life. But that doesn’t discredit what it’s doing for me now. Because even though I know I’m going to move on from it some day, does that mean I shouldn’t have the same enthusiasm for it today? That would be a disservice to the opportunity.

And I’d argue it’s the same for our purpose. We feel so much pressure to know what our purpose is in life. But your purpose can change. In fact it should! For me in high school and college it was to be the best student-athlete I can be. In my first jobs it was to help people with their pain management and physical ability. And now it’s supporting people like you who want to ignite their potential in service of making the world a better place. None of these purposes were right or wrong - They were all appropriate for the time. 

“It doesn’t need to be forever for it to be right”, and I feel like we miss out on being present with what we have now because we know someday it’ll be gone. But even then, it matters immensely because it shaped you into who you became.

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