Once, when I was feeling down on myself about my accomplishments in life, or lack thereof at the time, I remembered someone who’s life I had profoundly changed. And it was a new friend, a very recent experience that I was still in the thick of, and it was a huge shift for me.
There are marks to be made on this world, absolutely, but they don’t always involve winning awards, or getting a certain number of likes on your Facebook page or selling X amount of copies of your new record, or, heaven forbid, winning a Grammy. These things are great, and we shouldn’t stop working towards what we want, but in the end it’s all about the people whom we have walked beside, maybe for a mile, maybe for a day, maybe just long enough for a story and a smile, maybe ‘til the very end of that long, long road.
I have saved peoples’ lives, I know this. And some I couldn’t save, I know that too. But if I’m going to measure myself by accomplishments (a bad habit, but I know we all do it) I’m damn well going to go by the lives I have changed for the better. We’ve all made profound impacts on people throughout our lives, and what an incredibly beautiful thing about being human.
Please take a moment to realize all the times you have made someone’s life better, whether it was a shoulder to cry on, good conversation, a giggle fest that just wouldn’t quit, saying “I love you,” “Thank you,” or simply calling them a friend and really meaning it. These things matter, and much, much more than a lot of things we let get us down.
If I am at all wise, it’s all my mother’s fault. I dedicate this to her.