It Was Better When I Didn't Know My Purpose

It Was Better When I Didn't Know My Purpose And Was Unaware Of Dance Marathon At FSU

It was easier when I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

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Do you know how we all wanted to be something when we grew up? Whether you wanted to be a pop star, veterinarian, or a doctor, you knew what you wanted to do. Well, I never had that feeling until recently. Here is a question for you though. How many of you want to pursue the profession that was your dream when you were 5 years old? If we are being honest with ourselves, we have all most likely changed our minds.

About one year ago, my mom came home and told me, "I could really see you working at Shands Children's Hospital." That left me surprised. Up until then, I had wanted to either be an Athletic Trainer or a Chiropractor. Never once did I think I had the emotional stability to work somewhere like Shands. From that day forward, it was in the back of my head. Was this really what I wanted to do? Just a couple of weeks before, I had attended Dance Marathon at FSU. The most amazing experience of my life. I had/have such a passion for helping kids.

The most impactful miracle child in my life is Marshal Fisher. Marshal had to have his leg amputated due to osteosarcoma in his right leg. Marshal made the brave decision to have the procedure done because he wanted to live his life and do what he wanted to do. Because of Marshal and his legacy, I want to be the one that helps someone chase crabs on the beach.

So here I am now, applying for the Athletic Training program at FSU in hopes of going to Physical Therapy school so that I can be around the people that I have the most passion for. Because that is my purpose. And I am completely terrified? I spent so much time going back and forth from what I wanted to do with my life that I was never really motivated because I knew I had time. Well, I am almost halfway through college, and I am so scared that obstacles will get in the way of making my dreams a reality.

But was it really better when I did not know my purpose? In the long run, no. The time I have spent since knowing my purpose has been the greatest time. I capture moments more. Whenever I meet a miracle family, I internalize the fond memory of it because those are the moments that I will hold close to my heart forever. So no, it is better to know your purpose so you can make a difference now.

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20 Ways To Fundraise For Dance Marathon

For the kids.
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Dance Marathon is more than a fundraising event; it is a movement. The event is all about the kids who are battling chronic illnesses at Children’s Hospital, and that is why our slogan is #FTK—for the kids. Dance Marathon is the place where sick kids can forget about their illness and just be a kid: dancing, laughing, and having the time of their life! While the kids are the center of Dance Marathon, the money raised for Children’s Hospital is also important. Once you are registered for Dance Marathon, you have a goal of raising a minimum of $100. That number may seem daunting, but here are some pointers on how you can fundraise $100 or more for Children’s Hospital:


Put social media to work!

1. Post your donor drive link with information about what DM is and why you want to fundraise for it. Add a personal touch, and make sure to say that even the smallest donation helps.

2. Agree to post an embarrassing middle school picture for every $5 donation.

3. Tweet to celebrities about DM, and ask them to donate to your donor drive.


Make it personal.

4. Ask your family and friends for donations at holiday parties or other gatherings.

5. Hand write a letter to distant family members about what DM is and why you want to raise money for the cause.

6. Ask your family members for donations to your donor drive instead of birthday presents. They will be proud of your commitment and selflessness!


Get creative!

7. Over the weekend, offer to be the designated driver for your friends, and collect small donations as the FTKab fair.

8. Sell your old clothes to Plato’s Closet, and donate the money to your donor drive.

9. Deliver food or coffee to your friends across campus for a small donation.

10. Have a Miracle Jean’s Day! Ask your workplace to allow employees to wear jeans for a day if they donate $5 to your donor drive.


Think small.

11. Walk around with a DM bucket at a basketball game or other large event and ask for small donations. You only need one-hundred $1 donations, fifty $2 donations, or twenty $5 donations.

12. Ask your family and friends to help you save spare change—it all adds up faster with the more people you have on board!

13. Doughnuts! Buy a few boxes of doughnuts and sell them for $1 or $2 each in a popular area on campus. The profits add up fast!

14. Put $1 in a piggy bank every day leading up to the event.

15. Give up buying coffee or snacks for a week, and donate that money to DM. Ask your friends and family to join you, too. The more the merrier!


Get crafty!

16. Offer to make crafty things for your sorority sisters’ big/little week, and ask for donations in return.

17. Use your artsy talents to sell items on Etsy, and put the money towards your donor drive.


Get your parents involved.

18. Ask your parents to sponsor your grades FTK! Make a deal that for every ‘A’ you get on a test or quiz, they will donate a few dollars.

19. Ask them to donate an hour of their time once a month by simply donating the equivalent of an hour’s pay to your donor drive.

20. Do housework or run errands for a donation.


Encourage your friends to register for DM with you. Fundraising together makes it more fun, and you can challenge and support each other in your efforts. Don’t feel bad about asking people for money. If they want to give, they will. It shows courage and that you have a true passion for this cause. You have the resources, so put in the hard work, and you will raise that $100 or more easy, peasy.

Cover Image Credit: UI Dance Marathon

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