pressing you forward

When I was younger, a friend of my parents owned a restaurant in our hometown and you could find us there every Friday night for dinner.

The owners had a daughter who worked at the restaurant when she was in high school, and I idolized her– I wanted to be just like her. One night, while she was waiting tables, she called seven-year-old me over and asked me to be her assistant for the night. I was thrilled. She took me around to all of her tables where I would write down orders, take drinks, and follow her every move. After that night all I could dream about was being a server, all because she had taken a chance on me, and had given me responsibility.

I’ve been privileged in my life to have been given many different responsibilities, and now I can tell you with confidence that I know what I am gifted in. I can tell you what my passions are, and what I believe my calling is. I have been given the chance to figure things out. I’ve been given the chance to feel empowered, responsible and worthy, each time because someone who led me chose to give me a chance.

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