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By Malika Tate, a member of Youth 4 Truth, The Night Ministry's leadership and advocacy group for young people.
When I first wake up in the morning normally I do not want to get up. But reminding myself of my purpose and goals in life helps me get up every day. They inspire me to live life.
As human beings, we have purposes here on earth, whether they are helping others heal from open wounds or helping a sister learn how to read.One of mine is to heal from the wounds I experienced when I was growing up. The challenges I face from my trauma have made me the person I am today. I am a strong, well-educated, and wise soul ready to teach.
Being a wise soul teaches you a lot. Two advantages of being a wise soul are empathy and lived experiences.Through empathy I am able to feel the energy of others, whether they are sad, happy, or mad. As for experience, I have lots with break-ups, emotional abuse, trauma, and abandonment. I understand every situation anyone might have. I am able to put myself in their shoes and find a solution to their problem.
I can say that healing myself and being a wise soul are my purposes in life. But my goals are putting those in motion.
One of my goals is to inspire others through my creative writing. I have been writing since I was 9 years old. When I first started writing it was to entertain; now I write to express my feelings about people, things, situations, and nature as well as to educate. I want my creative writing talent to be the inspiration for others to keep moving. While writing is a way for me to express my feelings, I hope others can learn from my writing and be inspired to start a new chapter by expressing themselves.
Another one of my goals is to help others heal. I love helping others heal, but sometimes it can be painful. I love helping because I can motive them to strive for more in life and to not settle for less because they feel it is not worth it or something is too challenging. But helping others is hard because you never know if they will take your advice or want to better themselves. Sometimes the ones you help will hurt you more in the long run because they are not fully ready to take that next step towards their destiny in life.
To sum up, I have learned to find my purpose and go after my goals. Though I experience so much in life I am always seeking more. Experience teaches me to keep moving even when obstacles are thrown my way. I am a natural born healer and teacher for all human beings. I might be young, but I have been here before and it's only fair to use my talent to help those around me move forward on their path in life.