A Chicago MC named G.O.D. Jewels who also posts on the sneaker board I've frequented for the past 10 (!) years entitled one of his mix tapes Greatness Opens Doors. It was much a play on his stage name as one of the affirmations he lived by: "Greatness opens doors." I really hold on to that mantra, because I believe that if I do my best, my greatness will soon open doors for me.
Having finished my year of service working with middle school students, I have changed in ways that I would have never expected, and I'm better for it. It would be easy to say how much I improved my students lives, but they really helped me improve mine. I do not act like I have that chip on my shoulder like I did at the beginning of the year. I finally have the self-confidence to make big decisions in my life that I probably wouldn't have made before this year.
I'm taking the time to count my blessings and see how many I can pay forward. I only have one life to live, so it's up to me to live it the fullest. I'm in a very good place right now. I'm going to start doing what my Dad always told me and "Let my gifts make room for me." I'm going to get my chance to shine, because I speak up to much for myself not to. But jokes aside, less is more. By playing the background nobody can see me coming, and I like things better that way.
Indeed, "greatness opens doors." Let's see how many I can get to open...