There are many stages of grief — shock, pain, guilt, anger, reflection — to name a few. Since losing my best friend four years ago, I’ve gone through many of them.
She lived a beautiful life. She was kind to everyone and never met a stranger. She was selfless and made it her mission to make a difference in the lives of others. She devoted her life to this mission and was in school pursuing a career in nursing. The impact she had on my life — both now and back when we were kids — is huge.
The grieving process is long, and it’s taken years for me to even be able to talk about this. But, as I’ve now worked through the shock, pain, guilt, and anger, I’ve started to reflect. Without question, this experience has shaped me. It forced me to cope with loss in a way that I didn’t think I’d be faced with until my older years. And, during these moments of reflection, I recognize just how much this experience has inspired me — to do better, be better, and make a difference each and every day.
As I thought more about what happened, and how short life truly is, I made the decision to pursue and support only the things that have value to me. I was always passionate about helping others, but even more so now. Whether it’s in a big or small way, I want to do good.
I’m dedicated to my passion; I do all that I can to make a difference and I support only the organizations with missions that I can stand behind. Some will say that’s because I’m part of the “new” generation — Generation Z — and that may be part of it, but I’d like to think that my desire to do good and work for those that do good is closely related to what I’ve been through. Our experiences certainly shape us and I’m no exception.
My path may not have led me to pursue a career in nursing, as it did for my friend, but it did lead me to pursue one in purpose-driven communications.
We can use our voices and our words, to do so many things. Using them to do good and inspire change is what fulfills me. I work with clients I support, believe in, and can stand behind. That’s what wakes me up in the morning, keeps me up at night, and has me striving every day to do better than I did the day before. For me, that’s what it’s all about.