My life has culminated into a few very important but sometimes hard to see ideas. I think of them now as I sit at my computer, just finishing a very long edit on a picture while staring out my window at a giant, glowing moon. Even though I’ve just had some disappointing news, I remember those life lessons now; for it is only in a time of lows that you can learn to appreciate all of best things in the world to the fullest. And I am not one to let myself feel down for long…I look to the bright moon for guidance and I hear inspiring words bouncing in my mind.
#1: Do not be afraid to discover your PASSION.
We want to fit in. We want to do what others expect of us. We don’t want to rock the boat for fear of being judged. But put all of this aside. All of that is a myth. The only truth our lives will reflect is the one that we create for ourselves. Try new things. Rock the boat. Discover your passion. And with that passion comes a flood of amazing possibilities.
#2: Do not be afraid to BE who you are.
I don’t mean that you should simply understand your passion or seek inspiration, but that you should completely, wholly, and unabashedly be YOU. Dress how you want to dress, speak how you want to speak, spread your personal story, and be confident in doing so. When this life is over, we have our deeds to tell the story of our lives.
#3: Be KIND.
How simple, yet how often it falls through the cracks. Treat others the way the best version of yourself would behave. Embrace kindness in a way that is not a byproduct of living, but instead is at the forefront of every action you live.
#4: Find your CONFIDENCE.
The moment you realize these two things, you are free: 1) When you do things your own way, others follow, and 2) When you see yourself in a positive way, others are more likely to do the same.
#5: Seek INSPIRATION.
To know your passion is to find your calling, and to understand how you become inspired is to create the life of your dreams. Do not let inspiration come to you – go on an ADVENTURE.
#6: Find your VOICE.
Everyone has a story to tell, and your story is worth being heard. So find it…dig deep and allow it to come out. And then share it, if you’re so inclined. Others can be moved by your vision.
#7: FAILURE is an OPTION.
Every missed opportunity, or failed attempt, is a sign. It is a big, neon glow telling you that you are about to embark on a journey that will lead you to someplace amazing if you choose to see it that way. That is how I feel about this recent disappointment in my life. It is not a failure, it is an amazing opportunity that I have yet to see clearly. I can make it happen.
#8: See the world DIFFERENTLY.
When you begin to see the world for ALL it has to offer, you start to understand the possibilities that the world holds for us.
#9: Take CONTROL.
You have power. Your words and actions can move people. You can MOVE yourself. The sooner you understand that you are in control of how you react to the world, the sooner the world becomes your playground.
#10: OPPORTUNITY never stops.
It may seem like opportunities come and go and are lost and are hard to find again. And some opportunities never come back, or at least not in the way that they came originally. We must create our own opportunities and learn to see everything as an invitation to do something greater.
#11: It is NEVER too LATE.
It is never too late to redesign your life.
Change how you see the world to not only seek obviously good things, but to find the good in all things. There is too much inspiration in the world to miss it. Find happiness, and you will spread it to others.
#13: You are POWERFUL.
Never underestimate the difference you can make in the world – in your own life and in the lives of others. We are all powerful in our own ways and we can use that power to govern the life of our dreams.
#14: It’s your FUNERAL.
When you are gone, what do you hope people say about you? Live your life in that way.
All of these things are absolutes in my life. They might not be in yours, and that’s okay, but if they can help to govern a small part of your life into a more fulfilling existence..well, that’s why I wrote it. Because it does that for me. I remember these things regularly and wholeheartedly and they help me to be the person I want to be.
I shot this picture and edited a different version of it on creativeLIVE last week, featuring model Jane Love and shot in a kiddie pool in an abandoned building. If you’d like to see that process you can access my class here. It just felt so perfect for how I was feeling and where I am going. Thank you for the love and support that you help to share on this blog.
It is my sanity. 🙂