The other day I got a comment from someone that went sort of like this: “Therese, after I get home from work, I spend my nights watching Lifetime movies, chomping on Cheetos, and discussing the latest gossip with my friends over a few glasses of wine (‘Did the Teen Mom really just [fill in some stupid thing here]? Omgggggggg….’). Admittedly, I don’t prioritize the important. But so what? I’m just fine with my life the way it is, so why should I change anything?”
You aren’t the only one— lots of people (in fact, most people) have the same exact thought. Not about the Teen Mom, but the thought about being fine with the way their lives are currently going.
Not to be morbid, but ask yourself a simple question: if your life was suddenly over tomorrow, would you still look at it in the same way? Would you still be satisfied with the Cheetos and the gossip that have consumed your life, or would you come to a different conclusion?
For now I’ll just say this: the fragility and the utter importance of this life you’ve been given is far beyond words. In your lifetime, you have the ability to create something amazing, to touch the lives of the people around you, and to reach your true potential. Or… you could just sit on the couch eating Cheetos.
Everyone has to make this choice, and it forever alters the course of history. Abraham Lincoln made the choice. So did Oprah. And your mom. Oh, and so did that guy over there.
You know, that guy who you’ve never heard of because he did nothing.
WE’RE ALL JUST NORMAL PEOPLE
Gandhi could’ve drafted legal documents his whole life… or he could have freed India.
Mother Teresa could’ve been self-consumed her whole life… or she could have spread love.
Steve Jobs could’ve worked in some run-down cubicle his whole life… or he could have created Apple.
YOU could’ve sat on the couch watching movies your whole life… or you could have _______.
We’re all just normal people, until we realize that we’re called to do something great with our lives (and sometimes doing something great is as simple as changing one person’s life for the better, or recycling your Coke cans, or being the best parent or significant other or friend that you’re capable of being).
You don’t have to become the next Oprah, but you can choose to become… well, you.
So what will you choose? Who are you meant to become?
[Main image Flickr credit: jronaldlee]