As a young girl, I loved to write and was apparently good at it. Writing seemed to just come easily to me. I would often times—and still do—find myself waking in the middle of the night to record or write down what I had just literally “written” in my sleep.
When I was growing up, my parents often said I should be an attorney because I was just too good at arguing. Debate fascinated me.
I was always known for standing up for myself and for things I didn’t agree with. My teachers didn’t always appreciate my enthusiasm for banter. I recall a particular Biology teacher, in fact. I don’t believe I received a good conduct grade in his class. Haha
Entering college with a Business major seemed logical, yet it didn’t move me. Despite my love for arguing, being an attorney didn’t intrigue me either. I still yearned for the ability to express my creative side. I seemed to have an interesting mix of the use of my left and right sides of my brain. This led me to a BA in Mass Communications/Journalism declaration.
At the time, I thought I was supposed to use that degree towards a position as a TV Anchor. Not what God had in mind…
I could argue. I could write. I was born to stand up and write to right the wrong.
While growing up and working on my skills, I had no idea what my path was preparing me for. The wrongs I would be fighting against would be wrongs against my own child.
Fast forward a few years and I’m using my debate skills to gather information and stand up for my special-needs daughter. I’m using my writing abilities to spread the word of what’s going on with her struggles in social settings, school, health… I’m able to reach out to other parents in similar situations. I’m able to help people feel like they’re not alone.
God gave me Sienna because I have the ability to write and the ability to fight. Sienna inspires me to speak out for other children. My heart aches right now thinking about the children who don’t have a voice…I see it too often and these children deserve a fight. Special children bring so much joy and perspective to life. They’re incredible human beings—angels on Earth. I accept it as a blessing to be able to use my tools to speak for them and fight for them.
Do I have all the resources and talents needed to take on the entire world of injustice? No. What I do have is the knowledge that my path had a purpose–that I’ve been given talents and it’s my duty to use them for the greater good. It is my duty to focus on changing just a few lives so that others can focus on doing the same. I’m honored that God would trust me enough to allow me to be Sienna’s mom and that together we can speak up for those who can’t do so for themselves.
If you’re trying to figure out your purpose in life right now or if you’re discouraged because of all the things you can’t do or tools you don’t have; I encourage you to take a look at what talents you HAVE been given. Look at what you CAN do.
You have been given a talent of some kind that you can use to take part in changing the world. Take part in making people happy. Take part in easing someone’s journey through a difficult time.
Find a way to use what you CAN do to make a difference. Don’t focus on perfection of the world. Focus on progress. One person at a time.