Life can still be full of surprises if we’re willing to seek them out. And sometimes that means we surprise ourselves. Sometimes, when we let go of our expectations and perceptions of the world and ourselves, we can accomplish marvellous things. We can find seeds of courage, hope or determination when we set our minds to it. So don’t be afraid to get stuck in and explore life. It’s full to the brim with possibility, joy and experience. Blow your mind.
It’s scary to admit when things aren’t working. Sometimes it’s because we live in hope they will get better soon. Sometimes it’s because we know there will be a long journey ahead of us. Sometimes it’s because we have no idea what the future will hold. It can be hard to let go of something we know without knowing what we’re giving it up for. But we all deserve to be happy. And that is out there somewhere. Happiness is the one thing we cannot give up on. There is more out there than we can imagine or ever know. If we’ve tried our best to make things work and they still don’t, be brave enough to walk away from them and venture into new things. Sometimes we have to subtract when things aren’t adding up. You owe it to yourself to try.
We are all capable of change. We are all able to move on, move past, and move forward. We are all able to let go of the darkness. We are all able to heal ourselves with love. We are all able to fly even if we’ve forgotten how to. We are all able to find energy within to keep pushing on. We are all able to take what we deserve. We are all able to be courageous enough to plunge into uncharted waters. We are all the warriors and heroes of our own lives. Don’t wait around for somebody else to take your place. Choose to be them.
Take one day at a time. It might be easy to let days blur into weeks, whether we’re busy or bored, up or down. But so much can happen in a day; we shouldn’t let them slip away. We can try something for the first time. We can make someone’s day brighter. We can decide not to give a damn about what people think. We can catch our breath. We can take a spontaneous opportunity. We can spend time on a project we really care about. Life will become so much clearer. And even if it’s just for one day, that day gives hope for every other day afterwards. We must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.
A great part of our life is made up of our interactions with other people. People influence our mood, our actions, our sense of self. And we influence others in the same way. So we’ve got to be careful what we put out there. Encouragement, politeness, guidance, kindness, positivity, hope – these we should pour into the world. Because if we surround people in darkness, they will either run from us or try to cover everyone else in it too. But if we emit light, people will absorb that light and glow too. And the world will be a happier place to live in. Be the person others want to be around. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
The idea of beginning again or trying again is daunting, overwhelming and disheartening. We’re creatures who find comfort in sticking to the way things are. It’s what we know. But the truth is that not everything we know works to give us our best chance at life. And when things aren’t working, we have to find a way to change them in order to give ourselves that best chance. Sometimes our relationships with other people are restricting or our relationship with ourselves is unhealthy. Sometimes our environment weighs us down or our day to day life doesn’t inspire us. Sometimes what we desperately hope will work won’t. And this is when we should tell ourselves that it’s ok to turn over a new leaf, whether it’s to plunge into the unknown or take a little dip. Because we all deserve our best chance at life. And we’re the ones who bestow that gift to ourselves. Don’t hide it away.
Hope is deemed by some as weak, impractical and useless; it’s an excuse for those who are caught up in delusion, because they cannot face reality. But although some of what we hope for cannot always materialise, hope is powerful. It illuminates possibilities. It offers encouragement. It provides strength. It brings direction. It can make the difference between a good and bad situation or even a bad and worse situation, because it gives us something to hold onto in all the darkness. Don’t blow out the candle. You never know when you might need it.