The greatest gift you could give yourself
is to remember, each day, that there are no rules
when it comes to how you live your life.
Remind yourself of this.
So many people forget.
There is no one person dictating who you can or cannot become
there are only the limitations you set upon yourself
the random standards set in place by the society you live in.
Who says you can’t live out that
wild and crazy dream of yours? Who decided it was too hard, too out of reach,
Who says you can’t build a career you actually enjoy
without a bit of dedication,
who says you can’t find real love these days,
that you have to settle for someone who is equally tired of searching?
Who says you can’t
make it through life without a college degree, a certain type of car or
x amount of money?
Why do we bother with the accumulation of things
arbitrary measurements of success we never asked ourselves if
we even wanted?
What do you really crave?
Life is a series of choices
it is these choices
that direct your life
don’t let your choices be made for you.
What is your craft?
Mine is the written word.
When you are working with your craft
there are no rules
you are allowed to write over the margins or
in between the lines
you are allowed to transform the thoughts in your head that you hope will
inspire people to live a little bit louder into something that is not quite
prose and not quite poetry because
there are no rules.
Write differently than people expect you to.
Write something other than what is accepted, what’s
just to see what happens. Play.
When you are growing
when you are learning you,
do not be afraid to explore every aspect of the extraordinary unique creature
that is your self
you won’t like everything you find
and that’s okay
you have to know yourself in order to grow
you have to know yourself to stand strong against the rough bits in life that
like ocean waves will try to drag your
you-ness down with a roar
Lose only your sense of self consciousness.
You have one life.
Don’t waste your precious time thinking something is impossible.
For you to give up on the possibility of
achieving your dreams is a loss for you
and a loss for the world.
What is your passion?
Running is mine.
Don’t place limits on yourself
Run on trails to get faster on the road because a run through the mountains
does something for your soul
and when your soul is on fire you will grow faster.
Run for the love of the wind on your skin
and let the joy in it carry you to success
instead of the pressure.
once there were others who broke the rules like this
there are always more to be broken
become one of the rule-breakers
the worst that can happen is you might
you might be
make a mistake
which means only that you will have to stand up
and try again
you are strong enough for this.
There are no rules.
Say it to yourself
look into the eyes of your reflection
every day, and in all that you do aim to be fully
Not just the you that others see or the
version of you in the mirror on this morning
but the you that exists in your core and has so very much to offer,
so much passion and fire and life.
Don’t apologize for being brave
or doing things differently.
Don’t apologize for taking risks
for going places others won’t follow
because people who are not as
open-minded, who are not willing to
admit they’re letting themselves down by staying
settled in the choices they have let others make for them
will try to discourage you.
Their discouragement is only a
reflection of the fears they believe in
you are not chained to their fears.
Just because it hasn’t been done
this way or
doesn’t mean you can’t try