Because we are becoming the “I’m, but generation.”
Whenever I travel and meet people or connect online with folks, our conversation inevitably drifts toward a simple question, “What do you do?” The most common answer I hear, from people of all ages, is simple:
“I’m a __________, but I want to be a ___________.”
In some form or another, I have heard this thought expressed a thousand times:
I’m an accountant, but I want to be an artist.
I’m a teacher, but I want to work on a water project.
I’m a project manager, but I want to start my own business.
I’m a stay at home mom, but I have a craft I really want to share with the world.
We are an ageless generation stuck between the things we feel called to do and the things we have to do. If you’ve ever felt a little sick to your stomach on Sunday afternoon because Monday was coming, you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve ever sat in a cubicle and thought, “This can’t be what I do for the rest of my life,” you know what I am talking about. If you’ve ever had an amazing experience and said, “Why can’t this be my job? I wish I could do what makes me feel alive for 40 hours every week,” you know what I’m talking about.
That is a frustration I’ve wrestled with for years. That is a tension I’ve talked about with my friends over and over again. That is a topic I am finding impossible to put down. The reason is that I feel like when we nurture our dream, when we’re deliberate and work on it and follow through on it, crazy things can happen. Books get written, kindergartens in Vietnam get built, thousands of lives get saved across the planet.
If, we don’t get crushed in the narrow gap between a day job and a daydream.
That’s what my next book is about and I need your help.
If this sounds like something you’ve ever thought about before, if you’ve ever felt like your job wasn’t using your to your full potential or that you weren’t doing what God designed you to do, I’d like to talk with you.
I’d love to hear your story, even if it’s just a five minute phone call. If you’re up for that, email me. Send me 100 words or so about what you’re doing right now and what you’d like to do. Tell me your location and send your phone number. I won’t ever add you to any sort of mailing list or anything like that. I just want the book to be real and want to check in with you for a minute or two. If you’re out of the country, email me your story, in any length you feel like writing. I might not get to call you, but it would still be great to hear.
This is the hardest book I’ve ever written, but I think it’s going to be awesome when it’s done. I’d dig your help in making it even awesomer. Which is technically not a word.