After nearly two decades of exploring and serving in different roles in the field of information security, last December I *thought* I was looking for the way out.\tIt was the end of a 3-year journey of exploration. I reconnected with my "why," discovered my "what," and thought I found clarity. And ultimately, I did. It just took another 7 months.\tMy personal "why" is the deeply held belief that each individual has a story. Each story is worth\u00a0telling, and deserves to be heard. We learn a lot when we tell our stories. We learn more when we listen to the stories of others.\tMy "why" suggested my efforts to build a system that empowers individuals to use the art and science of effective communication to tell their story was bigger than security.\tI changed up the website in March and started connecting with colleagues to explain how I could help. When asked for an example of how it worked, I demonstrated how making password authentication make sense changed behaviors. In the process, I realized the importance: passwords are at the intersection between people, systems, and information. \tA few months of explaining and exploring how I "wasn't focused on security" by focusing on security helped me realize my "security why."\tI believe in people. I'm in security because I know people are the key to success.\u00a0My why drives my endless energy and passion for the what (and the how) to change behaviors by making security make sense.\u00a0\tI often joke that security choses us, not the other way around. Clearly it chose me. I'm not fighting it anymore. I'm embracing it.\u00a0\tWhy are YOU in security? What fuels your practice?\tIt's not a trick question.\tUnderstanding and explaining what brought you to the field plays a role in current enjoyment and future success. Understanding why you stay helps, too.\tSecurity is a profession experiencing excitement and growing pains. Each day is a new opportunity to make a difference. And each day introduces new challenges, more complexity and a handful of stress.\u00a0\tStepping back (link to the stepping back article) to turn the focus on ourselves is healthy.\tI recently shared some of the benefits of connecting with my "why." Here are the three reasons embracing your why makes a difference in security:\t1. Your why allows you to recognize the good days\tSecurity has the reputation of a thankless job. Knowing your why creates an awareness of the days when it works. When your purpose is recognized and valued. Often, it's found in simple actions and small moments. Mostly, it lets us realize when we've had a good day.\tThe good days energize focus and fuel productivity. Equally important, they become the days to savor and call on during the rough days.\t2. Your why carries you through the crappy days\tBad days happen, too. I find that taking a few moments, a few deep breaths and connecting with my purpose on the bad days help to keep everything in perspective. It usually allows me to connect with something deep inside, changes my mood, and allows me to keep moving forward.\t3. Your why allows connects you to others\tRegardless of our drive, we like to share our stories and learn the stories of others. When we know and share our why, we connect with others in a natural way. It's a human touch to a practice that is often considered distant and cold. It changes the dynamic of meetings.\tHave you shared your why recently? Have you asked someone about theirs?\tNo single path to your why\tHere are some questions to help start the process of reconnecting with your why:\t\t\tHow did you get started in security?\t\t\tWhy do you stay?\t\t\tWhat do you like the most about security?\tMy journey took a few years. Looking back, I figured out my why early in the process. Connecting my why to my work is what took the time. I\u2019m sure it will evolve over time.\tSo what is your why?\tShare it in the comments. Share the questions, the process, the excitement. Get inspired by others.\tReconnect with your why.