I am certainly grounded in my 30s. Married – check. Three kids – check. Mortgage – check. Stable career – check. Multiple insurance policies – check. We even have the ever-playful puppy requiring endless walks and bags of food.
It’s official. I’m an adult. Now what?
I likely have 25-plus years until retirement, and my husband and I are trying to do all of the right things to raise three healthy, happy individuals. Our days are jam-packed with managing careers and family obligations. Occasionally, we get to have some fun. 🙂
We’ve built a great life, no doubt. But lately I’ve been asking myself if there is something more? Have I been sucked into this place where I’m simply treading water, working to pay the bills, getting through another day, another month?
Am I challenging myself? Or as the great Sheryl Sandberg would challenge, “Have I leaned in?”
I aspire to do great things. I want to make a difference. I wish to lead a life of purpose – both personally and professionally.
So I ask myself to fill in this blank – “I do what I do, so that …”
When I dig in, I of course want to say that I am raising wonderful human beings. I imagine my kids – no matter what they become – to be loving, happy, kind, giving individuals who make the world a little brighter.
But am I doing the right things? When I respond to, “I do what I do, so that …” am I pleased with the answer?
It’s a good exercise to try.
How would you complete the sentence?