Choose your mark

Recently, I asked a young woman I mentor: “How will you make your mark on Detroit?”

We were discussing Jane’s Walk, a project I helped to start in Detroit almost three years ago. But we were also talking about life’s direction, and connections and impact.

The question, edited for geography and goals, could be good for anyone to contemplate.

It digs into the purpose of your life, the “direction of your dreams” as Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden. It gives you a reason, a passionate purpose, to walk or run around your neighborhood, or tear through books or a basketball court.

And perhaps it will encourage you to start developing a legacy, a shining light, a woman on fire.