By Dr. Dean Aslinia

I recently read a book, which asked a smilingly simple question.

What is your mission in life?

I thought, oh I’ve pondered about this before. What purpose do I want my life to have? Or what do I want my life to mean.

Then I continued reading and it said, in one word! 

This made things significantly more challenging. Out of all the words in the dictionary, what word could capture everything I hope to do in a life time?

I want to make a difference, I want to explore and discover the beauties life has to offer, I want to love and be loved, I want to belong. I want to empower people to believe in themselves and collectively in humanity. I want to be authentic and real. I want to laugh and make people laugh. I want to not take life so seriously. I want to be flexible and adaptable.  I want to be free from labels. I want to know who I am without all the titles and salutations society bestows on us….(Doctor, Professor, Psychotherapist, Department Chair, President, Father, Son, Husband etc…) Who would I be without any of those titles? Who could I hope to be? What type of a mission would I be on…

Then it hit me.

My mission in life is to INSPIRE!

Whether it’s to inspire a child to believe in his imagination and his own voice; or inspiring an adult to live an authentic life. A life free from the pretentious behaviors, cognitive distortions, and relationships that pretend to care, have class, and empathy. But at their very core are hallow, full of judgment, and lack love. I realized I would love to be able to inspire children and young adults, who much like me, did not have their  path paved for them. To inspire them to realize impossible, does not exist. That if I could live one of the most unexpected journeys anyone has ever lived. Then they too can do the same. To inspire them to realize their feelings and passions are perfect just the way they are, and that they do not need to change, or hide them from others. To inspire my students to learn, to make a difference, and to leave the world a better place then they entered it. 

I realized to inspire, is to empower, to motivate, to influence, to model, and to put into motion the exponential capacity of not just one mind, but of many.

Therefore, I declare from this day forward, my one mission in life is to inspire!

What is your mission in life? In one word!