A Lost Puppy
I discovered my WHY back in 2015 – a sophomore in college with little respect to what I was doing in my life. I felt like everyone had it figured out, they found the secret sauce and those sons of bees were keeping it from me. While everyone else walked through life with confidence and purpose I just sort of walked – hoping life would figure its self out. I was going to my classes, getting decent grades, and doing everything I was supposed to be doing but for someone who had her whole life ahead of her, I was lost.
I had no real idea what I wanted to do and was just living life day-to-day, hoping that I would magically find the path I was meant to be on. Well, a turning point came when my best friends and I went to dinner with Dr. Sanchez (p.s. my best friend is his daughter so no this was not an uncommon occurrence). Little did I know, this dinner would change the trajectory of my life.
When A Better Way Finds You
I won’t go into too much detail but let’s just say I was given my WHY and may or may not have cried while salads were being served. It was an emotional, deeply psychological grilling, or at least thats what it felt like. By the end of it, I found out that my WHY is to Contribute, to have an impact in the lives of others. To make a difference.
It all started to make sense why I felt so lost. I wasn’t doing anything to make a real impact. I was always there for my friends and trust me I gave my share of unsolicited advice whether they wanted it or not, but my current reality was me only serving myself, for the most part. I didn’t know that I needed to be involved in causes – places where I could make a difference and have an impact. And that realization lead me to my path. It brought clarity and certainty that I would never be happy with what I was doing and that changes needed to be made. These changes didn’t feel so scary because I finally had a north star to follow – my WHY.
So why am I telling you this and why should you care? Well, you don’t necessarily have to give a dang about my life or my story but I am sure you’ve been in a place where you felt lost and unsure of your path just like me. If you’re reading this, you’ve likely discovered your WHY too and hopefully you had the ‘ah-ha moment’ like me but if you haven’t yet than I hope my ‘WHY in Life’ blog can help you put your WHY in focus. As a Contribute, you already know that what gives me energy is helping others and that’s what I’m here to do.
Welcome to the WHY in Life blog, a new publication for those seeking more clarity on how to live their WHY to the fullest. I will be posting advice, monthly challenges, and diving deep into what it means to have each WHY so you can learn how to live your WHY to the absolute fullest. I will be available for any questions you have, you can think of me as your “WHY Yoda,” although I won’t pretend I’m a master but I will do everything I can to help.
Buckle up and join me on this ride – it’s gonna be a bumpy one but we’ll come out victorious on the other side.
One reply on “Finding My Compass”
love this, Aidan! Really open and honest post