The unexpected life lesson I almost missed out on

I just got back from a last minute trip to the east coast to see my dad after he was unexpectedly rushed to the hospital.

Thankfully, his condition has stabilized and he’s now recovering. This was the first time either of my parents have been seriously ill, and to be honest, it was tough.

Thinking about my dad lying in the hospital bed, I felt scared and helpless.

I wanted to drop everything and just sit by his side to show him that I love and support him.

And for days, I did.

I took the first flight out that I could. I cancelled my appointments and stopped working. I even dropped my self-care routine due to pure exhaustion.

I went back and forth about cancelling my client sessions, unsure if I was strong enough to be there for someone while my own emotional capacity was being pushed to the limit.

At the encouragement of my coach, I kept my client sessions.

And I’m so glad that I did.

So was my client, when she emailed me a couple days after our session sharing that our time together helped her finally let go of something she’d been holding onto for a long time.

Reading her words made my heart sing because helping someone move forward is what lights me up in this world. And I was able to do it because I showed up for her.

But I’m not just glad because I helped my client. I’m also glad for my own sake.

Showing up helped me realize that I am stronger than I think I am. That my purpose is bigger than my worries and fears. That I am always supported.

It also showed me how much I’ve learned from my dad.

When I think about the things I admire most about my dad, his joy for writing immediately comes to mind.

And while my dad isn’t the type to share his life lessons with Full House style heart-to-heart talks, I got the lesson nonetheless by watching him model how much joy could come from doing the work you love. How much joy for sharing your talents with the world proudly and courageously.

Even when it feels hard. Even when you don’t feel like it. Even when it feels like your world is in chaos.

So I will keep going even during the darkest times. I will do it because it’s my life purpose. I will do it because it feeds my soul. I will do it because I AM strong enough.

And so are you. 

You were put here to share with the world your talents, in a way that only you can.

Maybe no one has done what you want to do yet, or maybe someone is already killing it. Either way, you're meant to make a difference for someone, in a way that only you can. But it won't happen unless you show up.

Seeing my dad in the hospital made another lesson real for me this week, and that is LIFE IS SHORT. There’s no time to waste.

So let go of your excuses. Take action on your ideas. Share your gift.

Show up.

Make the difference you were destined to make in the world.

I believe in you, my friend.