As a typical 23 year old, there are many things I have achieved. I graduated highschool AND college... I know its weird. I know how to both read a book and convince you I know everything in a book I didn’t read. I can play useless instruments. I can drive a car and change a flat. I can cook but choose to eat candy. Yes, I am a typical 23 year old girl. I have met a couple of my idols and given advice I do not follow. To me, truly being successful means never being satisfied. If I was satisfied with a high school diploma, I’d probably be knocked up with child number 5 all because my husband never learned how to pull out. If I was satisfied with my college diploma, I’d be working a desk job or worst sales and hating myself more than I do when I say a shitty pun. If I was satisfied with just driving a car, I’d be the hottest taxi cabby in the city. I’m not saying I’m super attractive, I’m just saying I can give most of the ethnic cabbies a run for their money. Yes, I have had ugly cabbies - that is the Chicago norm. If I was satisfied with my cooking I would probably save a lot of money... maybe that is less of a satisfaction and more of an inspiration to stop being lazy. I hope that one day I am successful but I know I will never be satisfied. I will constantly be reaching for the next great thing whether it is creating art I believe in or inspiring positive change.
I know I’m standing pretty tall on my soap box today but the most important person your words can inspire is you.
Believe in you and we will too.
How do we have people who value such trivial things in the world yet we still have murder? There are many different fights around the world, some end in tears and others in death. Aaron Alexis will have a lot of press about him in the next few days and I feel for his family. How much pain can one soul bare before it explodes? Every time we, Americans, hear about another mass shooting gun laws are up for debate, but this man was one of our own. This man fought for our freedom one time. This man isn’t a “terrorist” by definition but he is a coward. He is a coward because he murdered 12 other individuals before committing suicide. He is a coward because he left a family to mourn his death and suffer the wrath of his actions. He is a coward because he has put fear in the lives of many. This story may not get as much press because the people killed were not children. However, the issue remains the same. We remain in a country we deem as “safe” because we do not have the same problems as other countries such as Syria. We often fight their battles to create this better “whole world” society, yet our own soil is tainted by blood of yet another mass murder. I do not have the answers, I am merely a twenty something looking for hope again. In a perfect world everyone would be happy and there’d be candy everywhere. But we do not life in a perfect world. We breath and walk around everyday praying that greatness will come our way. Remember no matter how bad of a day you are having, you have the courage to continue throughout the day. You are capable of happiness because you have not given up on hope. Hope is all we have, it can not be taken away by anyone but ourselves.
Hiding from greatness is the scariest thing one can achieve. If you remain safe in your bubble of insecurities you will never truly live. You will remain trapped by your fears as they slowly drain the hope from your soul. No matter where you were raised, if you do not leave to experience a different place, you are living what you know instead of the unlimited possibilities you could know. Opportunities in live to do not rise from thin air, they are created. Staying home all night watching netflix will not help you find a boyfriend. It may seem crazy but most strangers do not know where you live or care that you love binge watching shows on netflix. We are in a digital world, yet telepathy doesn’t exist. I’m 85% the way there, but I will never desire to read your safe, alcoholic, orange is the new black thoughts. One of my pet peeves is listening to people gripe about their life when they do not attempt to do anything for it. I know that you believe if you want a baby that the pelican, from the vlasic pickles jar, delivers it in a bassinet tied with blue or pink ribbon... and this is why so many naive teenagers become pregnant. All in all, if you desire success, change or to impact the world you need to consume risk and embrace the opportunity it creates.
Every tear is wasted when one does not act but stands still wishing for greatness.