|DanceBlue 2016: Final Reveal|
$1,631,067.49 FOR THE KIDS!
My Sister's Keeper is what first struck my interest in DanceBlue. DanceBlue is a year-long fundraising campaign that raises money to support the DanceBlue KY Children's Hospital Hematology Oncology Clinic and culminates in a 24 hour no sit, no sleep dance marathon.
I was and still am avidly involved in DanceBlue. Freshman year I had the honor of fundraising and dancing with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment team. I knew I wanted to do more, so I decided to apply for the Family Relations committee, which would allow me the opportunity to volunteer in the clinic and directly serve the kids and their families. Unfortunately, I was not selected. With the competitiveness of Family Relations, I wasn't too bummed the first time I didn't get it. Instead I graciously took over the position as a team captain. In this position, I was able to be the direct link between my team and DanceBlue, helping facilitate fundraising and providing guidance, encouragement and support to the rest of the team.
As my second marathon came to a close, I still felt like I had more to give to this awesome organization. I decided to again apply for Family Relations in addition to Corporate (working with the community to gain sponsorships) and Morale (a group of high energy students that worked to promote DanceBlue in the community and serve roughly 40 students at the marathon as a leader). Trying again, this time for all three committees, I had high hopes. I remember thinking:
There is no way I can't get one of these committees. I am so passionate about DanceBlue and the kids. They'll find the perfect place for me on one of these committees.I couldn't have been farther from the truth.
When I finally built up the courage to tell someone about how devastated I was about not getting committee, I was in tears. I cried so hard. I remember talking with one of my greatest friends on the phone and telling her that it really was a wake-up call. It brought me back to my time in Arizona, when I realized I wasn't supposed to be a doctor. It brought me back to February, through my acceptance in the Coordinated Program, when God told me that dietetics truly was the path for me. I remember being so stressed about changing my major and switching my life plan. When I got my acceptance email, it was as if God was saying:
I have placed you here for a reason. This is the path for you.Through my acceptance of God's plan, which deterred me from my plan of healing these children, I never looked at the big picture. I never analyzed how grave of an impact closing that door would be. I didn't think that God saying "no" to being a pediatric oncologist meant he would close the door for me to serve on committee for DanceBlue. Through pursuing committee on DanceBlue, I was telling myself that my plan was still much greater than God's. I was trying to pursue a path that God has continually told me was not for me. That was a hard realization for me. But it is all in His time. It was in that moment that my friend said what I needed to hear the most, "something big is coming for you." Sure, I am a planner. Ask anyone. However, I never thought about how God's plan would impact my future when things didn't go my way. I didn't stop to think about the positives that would develop out of such a devastating experience.
Serving on committee would require me to sacrifice my work with the middle school guard to pursue a position I had longed for since high school. I had come to terms with that, although devastated about it.
But God told me no.
I am still grasping that part.
For over 7 years I had plans to work with these sick children. To serve them. To be selfless towards them.
Still, God told me no.
I wanted so badly to have the opportunity to serve such a beautiful population of youth.
That's when it hit me.
I was the one wanting these things. Not God.
I have learned throughout the years that I have a passion for youth. In particular, I have learned my love for middle schoolers. They are so impressionable: always looking for a role model and a leader. I love being able to be that for them.
I am not sure what is coming my way and I still have no clue what I want to do when I graduate.
In moments like these, I always lean back on Jeremiah 29:11-13
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."There is only one thing that I know and it is that I want to serve God through whatever I pursue in my future.