This was an email I wrote to Jonathan Feilds. Pretty much gushing my feels over the interwebs:
Time and time again I come back to this drafted email wanting to reach out and for some reason I never hit send. Instead, I erase what I previously had typed up on the screen and start over. Your podcast is very inspiring. Hearing from people that have overcome the difficulty and struggle when it comes to creativity, spirituality, and belief, finances, passion, and work.
This Friday, I leave for a missions trip to Haiti. It’s where my parents were born. I was scheduled to go on a sightseeing excursion in December, yet someone decided to encourage me to apply for the missions team – even though they weren’t accepting any more applications. Admittedly, I didn’t want my first visit to be of one where I would be exposed to the poverty my mom and grandmother grew up in. I wanted to see the beautiful island people spoke so highly of.
At some point, I realized this would be a selfish act. I followed through with the application and went to the first meeting that was held in regards to the missions. The person that invited me to apply and even the meeting ended up deciding they weren’t ready to go. They gave up their seat.
Our team consists of Doctors, Nurses, teachers and me. By formal trade, I am a designer and artist. Yet on this trip, it’s my job to document. The story the process, the adventure even of going to do the great work of feeding people, doing outreach, teaching and showing and extending love.
I know my struggle is far different from those around me. And we shouldn’t compare.
I’ve come to realize that networking is important. Getting out of your comfort zone is important. Reaching out is important. And most of all a closed mouth doesn’t get fed. Success – however one chooses to define it – is determined by the individual.
As a first generation born American in my family, I thought, ” go to school, get a good job pay the bills, get married and have kids and lead a successful life”.
Man, was I wrong!
I write all this to ask one question – where does the shift in mindset need to change? It all sounds too good to be true. Yet you’ve interviewed many people, and they seem to be living full lives.
I don’t know what I am hoping to hear back – or if you will even have the time to reply.
Designer in distress,
Keshna Donia Thermitus