We need to be mindful of who we listen to. Because they affect our opinions, our choices, our lives. Sometimes we don’t even realise what we’re absorbing and sometimes there are so many voices, we don’t know where to start. But above all, listen to your own voice, your own thoughts, your own desires. You’re the one who has to live your life. You need to enjoy it. And sometimes that will mean drowning out the noise of those close to you. Make decisions on your own terms. It might not be easy, but it will be worth it.
It’s ok to live life out of sequence. It’s ok to live life back to front. It’s ok to live life off beat. There are no rules, no expectations, no destinies, except the ones we impose on ourselves. Live the life you want to live, regardless of the labels others try to place on you. To live life to the fullest, we sometimes have to take a leap of faith or take a second chance. And that might seem strange to others, but it doesn’t matter, as long as it feels right to you. Don’t let the misleading idea of ‘normality’ stop you from being who you want to be and doing what you love. It’s ok to live a life others don’t understand.
If life was easy, we’d never grow stronger. If life was easy, we’d never become wiser. If life was easy, we’d never know how strong or wise we already are. If life was easy, we’d never learn who we are, what we’re worth, and what we deserve. If life was easy, we’d take it for granted. If life was easy, we’d never appreciate what we have or what we could have. If life was easy, we’d never have any passion or fire or desire. If life was easy, it’d be pretty miserable. When life is hard, it can be miserable too. But at least we still get the dawns and the stars amidst the darkness. Don’t pray for any easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
We will never have everything we want. Partly because the concept of ‘want’ is ever-changing for each of us – once we have something we want, we’re often already focusing on the next thing we want. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting. That’s what keeps our hearts pumping. How we perceive our journey to those desires, yearnings, and passions is more problematic. Because the world doesn’t owe us any favours. We cannot expect everything to fall into our hands. And we cannot expect what we do have already to stay in our back pockets. We have to use our hands to work for those desires and also nurture those treasures we already have. It might be frustrating, unfair, difficult. But we have to work hard to earn the right to take and keep. Play with the cards you’ve been dealt with. You can win.
Surprises can spark a whole array of different emotions. Sometimes we find pleasure and love hidden in a surprise. Sometimes we’re speechless, shocked and dazed. Sometimes surprises leave us frustrated, frightened or upset. But surprises always keep us on our toes. Life would be insufferable and dull if we always knew what was going to happen. With surprises, we can’t become complacent. Whether we grab spontaneity by the hand or we stumble into an unexpected and perhaps undesirable situation, we can always embrace what is thrown at us. Surprises are blessings that life bestows on us. Surprises are life’s way of saying that life is meant to be lived.
Sometimes we underestimate the fact that we can do whatever we want. We easily start confusing what we want with what other people want, until it morphs into something repressive. We want to please those we love. We want to provide for those we care about. We want approval from our peers. And that’s ok if other people aren’t our sole focus. Because people shouldn’t dictate what we can do and what we can’t do. People shouldn’t confine us with labels and rules. People shouldn’t make us feel small or inferior. They might try. But we don’t have to let them. And really, it’s whatever we want to do that will shine onto the world and make everyone else glow too.
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. ~ Margaret Young
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