In life, we’ll face setbacks, obstacles and injustice. But don’t give up on life. Never stop fighting for what you believe in, for what is right, and never stop believing it can come true. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. And love will win against hate.
Why not bet on yourself? You are in control. You are capable and smart. You are determined and relentless. You have ideas and beliefs. You’ve got everything you need to start right now. You don’t need permission. You don’t need to meet any expectations. You don’t need to pass any tests. Have faith in yourself and you’ll take yourself wherever you want to go. Why bet on yourself? Because it’s too dangerous not to.
We are constantly consuming, whether consciously or unintentionally. We listen to people’s thoughts and beliefs and we soak up different energies. We are inspired by the world around us and find examples in those we look up to. We take in people’s opinions and place their expectations on our shoulders. We are spurred into action by other people’s actions and words. They’re all influencing us and create our perspectives. We need to be aware of what we’re absorbing and what we’re overlooking, by how much and in what light. What we consume defines the courses we take.
In a time when we’re all exposed to one another online, it’s easy to confuse seeing with knowing. But we shouldn’t assume that glimpses of someone physically or virtually will give us a rounded picture of that person. It’s dangerous to do so, because we’re still oblivious to all the shadows of that person. To conclude that someone’s life is perfect is to ignore that everyone is fighting their own battles. To believe that someone’s life is perfect is to compare their highlights to our lowest points. It’s natural for us to forget that we don’t always know someone. But do not place those perceptions on someone. It will burden you both.
We know what we know, and that will never be everything. There is always another side to every story, and we need to be open to that. There are always plot twists that we cannot predict, and we need to be open to that. And when it comes to our perception of ourselves, we need to open it further. We’re prone to thinking the worst of ourselves; we’re used to thinking that our capabilities are limited and that our dreams are impossible. But we need to be open to our talents and our possibilities. We need to start believing in ourselves, believing in others and believing in the future. Be open to happiness, be open to change and be open to growing, and we’ll be better for it.