A few of the things I’ve learned in 32 years on this strange, little, beautiful planet…
Many people are afraid to follow their dreams.
Many are also afraid to let their friends/loved ones follow their dreams..they might discourage you out of fear.
Much like Dorothy trying to make it to the Wizard of Oz, life is filled with obstacles.
I can overcome all of them. We all can.
The ones I can’t overcome, I can accept, make peace with and take another route (sneaky loophole: I am in some form still overcoming said obstacle by finding a way around it!)
Life is one giant reflection pool. You get back what you give out.
Being a giving, loving, generous and compassionate person will genuinely make you feel wonderful and make the world a better place
It’s OK to let yourself be vulnerable. In fact I encourage it. The only way to find true love (of any kind) is by being open. Being guarded to avoid pain, rejection or loss will keep you stagnant and lonely. You have to take chances.
Every time you’re hurt, you learn and will grow stronger.
It’s so important never to be TOO COMFORTABLE! Change comes with challenges, challenges promote growth, growing helps us to become better versions of ourselves. Becoming a better person makes you happy, it makes everyone around you happy (giant reflection pool, remember?).
Every once in awhile you have to give your life a haircut. In the same way you have to cut off the dead in order for your hair to grow and become healthier, you have to cut out unhealthy relationships, negative people and perhaps even excess things and clutter in your life as well. This makes room for positive and nurturing relationships you need!
To be courageous and take chances, despite that sometimes gut wrenching fear, trust and move forward.
It’s OK to fail, it’s also OK to change your mind and realize you want something different. It’s also OK to not know what you want, but to try new things anyway. This is part of our growth.
No one ever really “figures it out.” So don’t stress yourself trying to get to some fictional, unattainable place. I’ve talked to people all backgrounds, ages and career status… It doesn’t exist!
Things work out best for those who make the best out of how things work out. Perspective is all we really have and luckily we can choose and control ours. The slightest shift in how you choose to interpret things makes ALL the difference.
Look around you as much as possible! I’ve missed out by staring at the ground while walking to work or fiddling on the phone while on a scenic car ride. Life is happening, don’t miss it!
Never forget to be grateful and embrace gratitude. For everything, the good and the bad. Life is a gift.
Everything will be ok.