I don’t know if this will help you at all, but I’ve given up on the idea of ever doing anything ‘really important’ with my life in terms of how other people would define what is important. But I look at things a little differently than I used to. My abilities are very limited in the good that I can do, but if I can help just a few (or even one person) to make their lives better, this is enough. I may seem worthless to almost everyone, but I know that I mean the world to my golden retriever as an example.
Excellent post Tory.
I rescue dogs. I would rescue them all if I could. But I can’t. Does that mean I shouldn’t rescue the one’s I can?
Reasonable expectations are important. I have accepted the fact that I am an average person, no more, no less. I don’t feel the need to be smarter or better looking than everyone else (which is impossible, anyway - there will always be someone smarter and better looking no matter who you are). I found my averageness freeing, and have embraced it. I don’t have to change the whole world, just do my small part.
Also, my dog’s think the world of me, too. If they only knew I was a screwed up human.
One of my favorite prayers: Lord, help me to be the person my dog thinks I am.