Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What Are You Waiting For?

I bet there's something you daydream about.

 It calls to you like nothing else, your own personal siren song. Something that seems like it would only happen in a movie about your life, a story, but never the real world.

I bet there's a place you want to live more than anything, even if you've never been there. Maybe it's a country, a city, even a particularly well-decorated room.  In your imagination this place is so vivid you can taste the air. 

You know this is where you belong.

I bet there's a life you imagine for yourself, a life that exists in the back of your head while you work to pay the bills and follow the footsteps of all the other average lives that have walked before you.

I know you have a dream, something scary and crazy, something that you've already decided is impossible because it seems hard. Because it isn't guaranteed to work out. Because it's a dream, and dreaming isn't 'practical'.

Because, because, because. 

These are excuses, and they mean nothing.

What do you want out of life?

Go get it.

Have faith that YOU can change the course of your life.

You are so much stronger than you realize, capable of so much more than you think.

We tend to underestimate ourselves. We tend to listen to the voices inside and outside our heads telling us it's too hard, it might not work out, you might crash and burn, fall to the floor and shatter.

You might.
But how will you know if you don't give it a chance?

You have the strength to be the person you want to be, the person you're meant to be. If you focus on working towards the things you want and attracting them into your life, they WILL come. What do you want to do with the one short life you have here? 

Of course, all this bringing-dreams-into-reality business starts with some soul-searching. If you want to truly live your dreams, you not only have to know what those are, but how to manipulate certain aspects of your personality to help you work towards them. 

So, who are you?
No, really. Think about it.

What do you value? Who do you admire, and why? Are you who you believe yourself to be? 

Find out. Say yes to new things. Be open to the fact that in some ways you may be more than you thought you were, and in some ways less.

Are you as hard a worker as you believe yourself to be, or could you do better? Have you done absolutely everything you can to give yourself the time and freedom to pursue the things you want to, or could you make some sacrifices? Do you really know what your ideal life looks like, or do you need to reconsider some things and be really honest with yourself?

Your dream, your calling, that thing that tickles the edge of your thoughts each night as you fall into bed… is it really impossible? Or are you just afraid to chase after it?

It may be challenging, but know that a good challenge tends to bring out the best in you. 

Work hard. Fight for it. Get gritty. 
Believe. Achieve. Stretch your limits- no, disintegrate them. 
Develop habits that will turn you into the person you want to become. 
Never settle for anything less than what you want. 
Don't worry about what others think of you. 


Because you are brilliant. You are magical. You are wonderful. 

You are fucking capable of anything.

Don’t wait for someone else to tell you these things; remind yourself of them every damn day. 

Wake up every morning with a smile on your face because you love this world and you’re excited to live the one amazing life you’ve been given. Because you know, without a doubt, that you are in control.

Learn from everything, from everyone. Keep your eyes and ears open. Watch people's body language, learn to speak another language, listen to people's emotions and their stories. 
Soak up everything you can, learn anything. Be a sponge and then use it. Consider everything you know and put it to use, like it's the hammer and nails you need to hang your dream in the center of your mind's living room.

You will have to make some tough decisions. This is life we're talking about, it's inevitable! Maybe you'll need to live a little rougher so you can spend money on travel, on school, on whatever it is that's going to get you up to that cloud where the vision of your perfect world sits. Maybe your dream is to move across the world and be the head of a non-profit, and none of your family supports the idea. You'll have to decide which means more to you- letting the expectations of other people define you, or ignoring them and tumbling headfirst after your calling?

Have confidence in your beliefs about what your life should be. Don't force them on others, but follow them as far as you can. Be brave enough to go after the things you want in life. You already are! You just need to take action.

Never forget that, deep down, you know who you are- but let yourself make mistakes in the process of figuring yourself out further while you're living your wildest dreams. 

You are untamable, a wild soul. You can choose to do, to be, whatever you want.

You can create your reality by discovering who you are, what you want, and taking action.

It's not easy.
It's worth it.

You are capable, I promise. So what if you fail? Life would be a lot less fun if we never got to laugh at our mistakes.

I write all this because it makes me so, so sad to see people living lives that aren't what they really want.  This goes for people I care about and people I don't know at all, anyone who doesn't realize that no matter what your situation, YOU have the power to change it. 

"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."
- anonymous

I'll say it again- yes, you might fail. In fact, you WILL. But through failure you can learn so much about yourself, and if you use it right, it can propel you even further forward.

There is so much to be gained out of living your life the way you want. Nothing is impossible, nothing is out of your reach. You just have to decide to go for it.

What are you waiting for?

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