As children, we were daring in our imagination; nothing was impossible to us as young dreamers. We dreamt of experiencing wild and outlandish experiences in far-off lands. We dreamt of becoming victorious heroes, genius inventors, and admired artists. We dreamt of sharing a whimsical love story that left us breathless. We dreamt of having a big home filled with family and friends tucked away in the forest or on top of a city sky rise.
There was nothing that our little minds didn’t imagine. Our imagination was fearless.
However, for many, as life played out, when something didn’t work out the way we planned or envisioned, we took those unmet expectations as the sign to stop believing and give up on imagining the wild. We took it as a token that everyone else was right; our imaginations were lofty. Little by little, many of us trained ourselves not to trust that “anything can happen”. We allowed time, experiences, circumstances, and people’s opinions to jade us.
Your wellbeing, Your beliefs, Your attitude, Your thoughts, Your perspective, Your choice, How honest you are, What books you read, How often you exercise, How you treat yourself, The type of food you eat, How kind you are to people. BE AN AUTHENTIC VERSION OF YOURSELF.
(This video got nothing to do with the post above. Every SNL episodes of Chad are hilarious af. I had to share it. Watch it for fun.)
Make choices that make people wonder if you’ve lost your mind. Disappoint people if needed. Fly off the handle. Learn to be alone. Learn to be with others too. Smile when you’re sad, just to confuse those who are trying to bring you down. Live a good life. Be kind when you can and understanding when you can’t. Be irreplaceable, undefeatable, incorrigible. Do all of the small things with grace, laughter and an unshakeable belief in what’s to come. Don’t you worry. Be a fearless authentic version of yourself. Life is fun, let it be.
Don’t allow your life to just be fine. Or just okay. Or even just good.
Make it brilliant, consistent, spectacular, wild, extraordinary. Fill with excitement and adventure, be passionate and fearless, search for freedom and opportunity. You only get one life, so make it count. Make it mean something amazing. Make it yours.
Listen to yourself. If your gut feeling is telling you to distance yourself from certain people and get closer to those who have a positive aura to them, do it. If your heart is telling you to travel, change that job, start this project, spend more time in nature, take a break, read that book, be with that specific person, just go for it. Your higher self knows what’s best for you. So please don’t ignore the messages.
Get up. Get a routine. Get outside when you can. Get moving. Get focused on the day in front of you. (Not the month or year.) Don’t live inside hypothetical catastrophes. Focus on what you can control, even if it is your breathing. Don’t beat yourself up for not baking banana bread.
You have to be fearless about pursuing your dreams. You have to be willing to leave your comfort zone to grow not only as a human being but to push your own boundaries. I encourage anyone chasing dreams to be fearless; go into emotional areas that aren’t always comfortable or comprehensible. Do something out of your comfort zone today. Sometimes the things that scare us help us grow.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. (Not my words.)
I’ve encountered so many people in my life who tell me that can’t do something. Those people are just testing you and you can’t let them bring you down. True friends will lift you up and believe in you. Don’t allow anyone to tell you you can’t live your dream because if you don’t believe in yourself then nobody else will.
Think about one thing you’ve been holding back on doing and start doing it today. Be fearless. There are so many beautiful, talented souls in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of your potential.