As the professor looked across her lecture class filled with at least 100 students or so, she uttered words I would never forget. “This is the most important thing I will tell you. Don’t lose your stuff.”
Everyone looked around and wondered why this professor would say something so basic, so simple, so common sense to a room full of college students. From a very young age, we all learn the importance of being responsible and keeping up with your personal belongings.
As the professor expounded upon her comments, I started to understand the metaphor a bit clearer and it all made perfect sense to me. Fifteen years later, the words carry even more significance as I live out my mission of inspiring young people across the world.
My professor knew something back then that I have come to learn over my years of working with young people. Many things will get lost along the journey in life, but you can’t allow circumstances, or trials, or adversity to stripe away the things that make you unique, creative, optimistic, and passionate.
What my professor was essentially saying is that you can’t lose sight of the greatness you possess, no matter the test. I believe we have a lot of young people who have lost their stuff for various reasons.
If you feel like you have lost some things along this life journey, I encourage you to go get it back, because it may be the thing that elevates you to a new level and brings forth your greatness.