I did not set out to be an inspirational speaker. In fact, I did not choose to be one, it chose me.
I was very happy and fulfilled being an attorney. Then, life or God or my higher power, whatever you want to call that force in the universe that may not direct your every movement, but intervenes in your life, threw me a curve. At 41 years old, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I fought it. I fought it hard. I stayed positive. I stayed optimistic. Even when I could not hide the effects of the disease, I knew that tomorrow, or the next day, I would be back to “normal.” Finally, I decided in 2008 that the fatigue and other manifestations of the disease were too overwhelming and that I needed to leave the hours, responsibilities, and especially the stress of my position.
As I contemplated my situation, it occurred to me that, maybe, just maybe, I was destined to do something else with my life. I love to connect with people. I loved to inspire groups of people in need of inspiration. I had always wanted to write a book on how to be (more) successful. I am funny. I was not given the option of spending the hours that I could work each day (fatigue is a part of having PD) as an attorney. Finally, I, like most of us, wanted to find purpose in my existence on earth during this lifetime.
What was I being directed to? You don’t have to hit me over the head for me to wake up to my new “normal” or reality. I needed to be an inspirational speaker. Over the past ten years, I have embraced my life as an Inspiring Success Speaker, WJSHTHP* (*who just so happens to have Parkinson’s).
What is your purpose?
I believe that there is a reason every person is put on this earth. It may not be apparent and may not disclose itself in an easy to identify way. But it exists. It is up to each of us to “uncover” it. I say “uncover” for a specific reason. It already exists. It is up to each of us to “uncover their own purpose.”
A good place to start is to focus on “service to others.” What do you want to do, not to make money, not to receive recognition, not for any other reason other than to provide help to others less fortunate? What interests you? What talents, ability and skills do you possess that can be used to help others. You don’t have to become an author, teacher, and speaker to help others.
The road to happiness is paved with service to others.