I was in the car with my 11-year old daughter Mia a few days ago. She was talking about her life plans. “I want to be famous,” she said. “Not like a famous singer or an actor or anything. I want to be in the history books. I want to be someone who does something important.”
I said, “You know, it is a lot harder to be famous like that than it is to be a famous singer, which is hard enough. Very few people end up in the history books, Mia.” So I asked her, “Why is that important to you?”
“I want to do something that makes a difference in the world. I want for people to know I’ve been here.”
I thought about it for a bit because I understand how she feels. I feel the same way. I want to have an impact beyond myself.
“It sounds to me like maybe what you are saying is that you want your life to have real meaning. Does that sound right?” I asked. She nodded.
I thought for a minute about Mia and how she might live out her dream – what she was really looking for.
I couldn’t help but say to her, “You know what? Right here, right now, you mean the world to me. I don’t know what I’d do without you. You bring me so much love and joy. If you want to live a meaningful life, well, as far as I’m concerned, you already are.”
And then she said, bless her to pieces, “You mean the world to me too, mom.”
Whatever dream you’re chasing, maybe it is already here, patiently waiting for you to notice. Who is meaningful in your life?