You are more than labels. You are more than pain. You are more than your mistakes. You are more than the pressure. You are not coloured in black and white. You are not a single note on a manuscript or a single page in a book. You are more than a reflection or a shadow. You are more than a number on a scale. Don’t listen to others who tell you so. Don’t let others pack you in a box they’ve created for you. Don’t be an ‘or’ because you’re an ‘and’. You are more than one thing you do or say or believe. You can be anything you want to be. You can change your mind. You can be more than you think you can be.
Expectations of us can be encouraging, assuring and empowering, but they can equally be limiting, pressurising and de-motivating, if they force us into a vision of life that we do not visualise for ourselves. We should feel free to explore and identify our passions, beliefs and talents, no matter which boxes we have been categorised into. We should venture into different channels and find what we feel is right, regardless of the path laid out for us. We should be proactive and reactive to challenges by creating solutions that seem impossible to find. We need to work hard and push ourselves further than the people who think we’re not adequate. Do not listen to those who tell you to give up. Do not listen to those who tell you that you’re not good enough. Do not listen to those who force you onto a path you don’t want for yourself. Do not listen to those who don’t understand. Defy those expectations. The only expectations that matter anyway are the ones we have for ourselves.
(Image by Mae Chevrette)