Reach Outward

… not inward!

Since I’ve moved to Chicago I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to find myself: trying to figure out what it means to be a good journalist, a good friend, a good member of my community.

I’ve found myself reading journalist bios to see what’s been done before. I found good friends to learn what it is to be a good friend. I’ve been visiting community organizations to meet people that make my neighborhood a better place.

The people around me have inspired me and pushed me to create greater things.. and I’ve found myself succeeding in a way that I hadn’t been before. They have made both success and happiness take on a new form for me because my own success now is not contingent on my own work.

The moral of the story is, reach outward, not inward.

Too often, people look inside themselves – they criticize themselves and dwell for hours over their dreams, their plans, their failures…

but maybe, just maybe, your life isn’t about you.

Maybe your life is more about everything that’s around you.

But then again, I am a journalist. I would say that.


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