My Life's Purpose: How I Make a Difference
There is a line in a song that says something about how important it is to make someone happy. This song perfectly captures how I try to make a difference for my daughter Abby, who has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), and for my family as a whole. Every night when I lay my head down, I ask myself, "Did I make someone happy today? Just one someone?"
I try to find happiness every day and in everything we do. It's found everywhere:
- Baking cookies together
- Telling good—and bad—jokes
- Listening to music, singing silly songs, and dancing
- Reading a story together
- Going for car rides
- Seeing new sights and revisiting familiar places
- Loving each other unconditionally
My life's purpose may not be to save humanity, but I have the honor of helping someone who needs me.
Some days it's easier than others, but when I can see that my daughter is happy, it makes me happy—and making her happy brightens our family's world. It is a wonderful circle that fuels itself.
Yes, I've learned that it is important to make someone happy, just like the song says. I've also realized that in doing so, you can make yourself happy too.