Running for pope
“Often, the thing we should do for our career is something we would only do if we were getting a reward. If you tell yourself that your job has to be something you’d do even if you didn’t get paid, you’ll be looking for a long time. Maybe forever. So why set that standard? The reward for doing a job is contributing to something larger than you are, participating in society, and being valued in the form of money.”
I wish somebody had said this to me in my 20s when I thought I had to be a great [fill in the blank]. You don't have to be a great anything. You don't have to find a job that's a calling. You don't have to change the world. You don't have to make a mark or get your name out there or use your time wisely. Contra Sheryl Sandberg, you don't even have to lean in. You don't have to give a shit about the things other people give shits about. Titles. Office space. Swinging from rung to rung. Nobody cares what you do. Nobody's keeping score. Compromise, be ordinary, go lightly and slowly. Work hard enough to respect yourself. Work with people who laugh. Have fun. Have faith. Define your own success. Use your head, use your hands. Call yourself that thing you're passionate about, that thing that has nothing to do with how you earn a living, a gardener or surfer or beekeeper or punk rock motherfucking poet. Make some noise. Make a mess. Be humble. Be interesting. Be interested. Be kind.
“As your website notes, the role of Pope includes “Guiding the College of Cardinals, and the masses.” Through my participation in the Freshman Buddy Program, I have helped many younger students through difficult situations, including homesickness and mono. I feel like it is important to give back, a value I believe any organization would appreciate in their Pope.”