Shine Your Shoes For the Fat Lady

Purpose. This word has been my nemesis for my entire adult life. Like many, I have struggled with what I feel my purpose or calling is. For the past seven years, I almost felt like I was walking through time, glancing at minor achievements along the way without feeling a sense of true passion for what I was doing. From high school graduation to college graduation, to landing my first job in my field of study, not once did I feel like I was doing what I was meant to be doing.

To be honest, finding your purpose is a daunting task. Let me be a 'Realistic Randy' here for a second. I want you to think about your friends and family...What is their occupation? Would you describe what they are doing as their true purpose? Perhaps I am being a shade less optimistic than even Randy, but that is not my intent. For most people, a purposeful life doesn't arise solely out of what they do, but also how they do it.

I am a firm believer that each individual has a set of unique talents, whether they are tapping into them or not, however, is up to them. While the work or actions of your life might not be what you really want to be doing (for now), the one thing you can control is letting your special talents and abilities shine through. You can always do your best.

We had the fortune of having Ted Perry on our Instagram Live this past week (If you weren’t able to tune in, I highly recommend you check it out here). He read an excerpt from Franny and Zooey, written by J.D. Salinger, where Franny and Zooey—a pair of performers—were having a conversation about how they were told by their brother to "shine their shoes for the Fa