I know that come this Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m thankful that despite my mood disorders, that I am reminded that I can still be a shining beacon of hope for someone who needs it. I’m thankful that despite how low I feel sometimes, that I can still do some good in someone else’s life. I’m thankful for all the people who have told me that I’ve helped them. I don’t think they realize how much it means to me to know that I still have a purpose in life, even if it was just to put a smile on their faces.
This week, over and over again, I’ve been reminded that I do have a purpose in this life – that maybe it’s just as simple as me saying something to someone that will impact their lives.
I guess I’ve always lived through life wondering if I’ll be the next Bill Gates or someone who make a global impact and when I realize that I might not, I tell myself that I must be a failure.
I have been reminded over and over again this week that I am my own competition and that just because I don’t touch lives on a global scale that it doesn’t mean that I’m purposeless. I need to rethink my own perceptions of success and what it means to do important things.
I am grateful for these reminders. And I’m grateful to know that despite my own problems, that it’s not impossible to love another, to encourage another and to be there for another.