Good Morning Seth,
Your posts have been resonating with me now more than ever. As you may recall, I didn’t come to Christ until I was 41. I turn 60 in August. What has given me courage, although I view it more as “permission” (for one who has been shushed in life, or scolded, or somehow sensed a dismissal for my zany self…) it is the intersection of purpose and passion. Thankfully, I listened to God’s voice when I sensed it, although it did take me awhile to get the earwax out of my ears…at any rate, that listening has led me to my vocational calling which embraces my authentic personality. God is so creative! I wrote earlier that I am serving as a FA for Southwest Airlines, where my desire has been to be a broker of joy in the skies. But it became apparent very early on that my encouragement was to be focused more on my co-hearts (what we call our co workers) than the passengers, although it certainly applies to them as well.
Long story short, during training, an alter persona, “grace” was born. She is very LI NY, and many people find her amusing. I have been posting daily gratitudes as “Grace” on the SWA Culture web site, and the response as been very affirming as I aim to encourage others.
Creativity, Humor and the intersection of passion and purpose. Those things push any hesitation aside.