Be disturbed. I do not mean that you must create disturbance, but embrace the disturbance that inevitably finds us all. I’m grateful that all of my post-graduation plans of employment and romance dried up in Chicago. I’m grateful for the job that suddenly brought me to Seattle before it suddenly disappeared. I’m grateful for the soul-killing job that followed, which introduced me to my loving community, made me the efficient designer I am today, and gave me the courage to quit a stable life for one that is full. I’m grateful for the work that sustained me during my year as a freelance designer and revealed both my strengths and weaknesses. I’m grateful for the painful, exhilarating wild ride at a failed startup. I’m grateful for a new job that challenges me in every way. I’m grateful for my rescue dog, who requires more from me than I thought I could ever give. And I’m grateful there are more questions, challenges, road blocks, and unexpected changes ahead. These disturbances have continually shaken selfish dreams, distorted perspectives, and notions of self-reliance from my stubborn hands. It’s not that we are capable of more. It’s that we are so much more.