Last night I finished reading Bob Goff’s Love Does. It’s a collection of true, funny, remarkable, inspiring stories and reflections from Bob’s life. When you read this book, you want to be friends with Bob because he does some wonderful things.

In one of the last chapters, Bob shares this insight:

I don’t think anyone aims to be typical, really. Most people even vow to themselves some time in high school or college not to be typical. But still, they just kind of loop back to it somehow. Like the circular rails of a train at an amusement park, the scripts we know offer a brand of security, of predictability, of safety for us. But the problem is, they only take us where we’ve already been. They loop us back to places where everyone can easily go, not necessarily where we were made to go. Living a different kind of life takes some guts and grit and a new way of seeing things.

Bob’s not a talker; he’s a doer. And he wants you to be a doer, too.

But here’s the thing:

If you spend your life reading about other people’s lives, you’ll never live your own. Bob’s stories are amazing, yes, but they’re his stories.

Go make your own stories. That’s what I’m doing.

In my photography business, in my teaching at Lincoln Christian University, in my home with my wife and our six kids, in our church, in our community, I’m writing my own stories.

I hope you’ll do the same. Please–do your thing.