I stood at the foot of my bed folding laundry, listening to a podcast to take my mind somewhere else, past clean t-shirts and shorts and the search for matching socks, away from the images in my head of yesterday’s funeral for an old friend.
“Everyone has a vocation,” the podcast voice said. “I mean, the most fundamental vocation is to become the person whom God created. And it’s both the person you already are and the person that God calls you to be. And I think we find that out through our desires. What moves us? What touches us? What are we drawn to? Part of that’s career. But only part of it. I mean, it’s really who you are called to be.”
To be in touch with our desires is harder for some of us than others. Sometimes it is hard to hear the call, but other times we make it hard — we know our desires but resist.
Adam Sadowsky, whose life we celebrated yesterday, followed what moved him to create a unique and brilliant life, his journey modeled on no one but himself, his own curiosity, talents, and love. He loved people and ideas and creating. He loved connection and family. He loved love.
May his memory be a blessing, and a reminder to follow our own compass. To take time out to get quiet and listen for it, if need be. Here is a glimpse of his beautiful life, well lived, in a Ted Talk he created about engineering a viral music video for OK Go. The song, aptly titled, This Too Shall Pass.