Life Is…

January 14, 2003

Life isn't about keeping score.

It's not about how many friends you have or how accepted you are.

It's not about if you have plans this weekend or if you're alone.

It isn't about who you're dating, who you used to date, how many people you've dated, or if you've dated anyone at all.

It isn't about who your family is or how much money they have or what kind of car you drive or where you go to school.

It's not about how beautiful or ugly you are, the clothes you wear, the shoes you wear, or what kind of music you listen to.

It's not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, or brown or if your skin is too light or too dark.

It's not about how smart you are, how smart everybody else thinks you are, or how smart standardized tests say you are.

It's not about what clubs you're in or how good you are at "your" sport.

It's not about representing your whole being on a piece of paper called a resume and then seeing who will "accept the written you."

Life just isn't about those things.

Life is about choices.

Life is about who you love.

It's about who you make happy.

It's about kindness and generosity.

It's about holding and sharing trust.

It's about friendship.

It's about what you say, what you mean, and thinking heartening thoughts.

It's about faith, integrity, and knowing your own heart.

It's about carrying inner love, letting it grow, and spreading it.

Most of all, it's about using your life to touch other people's hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone.

Only you choose the way those hearts are affected, and those choices make up what your life is all about.

Good night, gentlemen.