I have been obsessed with this song for days. I just have to keep reminding myself, don’t be a fool.
Most people are petrified of failure. They avoid it at all costs. Run from it like it’s a zombie and not the slow kind, the ones that chase you with red eyes. But here’s the truth. Failure is your friend. Your Robin, your Kato, your Hutch. It is a tool. Without it, you can not succeed. Who in this…
I made a summer to-do list and it was incredible. I did almost everything and it was an amazing motivator to keep going, doing and exploring. So, what now? Making my 25th year the best it possibly could be.
1) Learn to play guitar.
2) Get a stamp in my way-too-empty passport.
3) Write a book proposal.
4) Run a half marathon.
5) Break out my should-have-been-used-by-now tent.
6) Learn how to actually keep a personal budget.
7) Volunteer time somewhere that really counts. Find a non-profit to dedicate passion.
8) Take a trip with brother.
9) Re-immerse in the arts: read more, listen to bands I’ve never heard of.
10) Continue my education. Enroll in a class or make a point to find non-traditional ways to keep challenging myself and growing.
11) Stop being afraid of commitment, Mom & Dad have set an awesome example—there’s no reason to be so antsy.
12) Find a new church home.
13) When you see family members are calling, answer it. When you see long-distance friends are calling your phone, answer it. When you don’t want to call, don’t underestimate the power of sending the unexpected letter.
14) Be outrageously spontaneous at least once. Want to watch a sunrise on the coast? Go. Want to see that band that only plays on weeknights at a hole-in-the-wall in New York? Make it happen.
15) Surround myself with French. That includes you, Sarah Bennett. (Make it to Montreal.) Find a conversational friend. Read something French at least once a week.
16) Try for other acting experience.
17) Learn how to handle a firearm. Okay, and maybe shoot one too.
18) Be published in a news forum that I haven’t been published in before.
19) Be vulnerable. It’s OK to tell people how I feel every so often. In fact, I should tell some people every single day.
20) See a play on Broadway.
21) Visit a state I’ve never been to.
22) See what it’s like to be brunette. Even if it’s just a day.
23) Simplify. Purge the belongings I don’t need. Space, memories and people are more important than things.
24) Be open to being in a relationship and really think about what I want.
25) Apply for something outside of your comfort zone. Be it a mission trip, race or whatever I’ve wanted to try in the past but chickened out on.
Don’t worry about where or who you’re going to be in five years. Like high school, you’re going to look back and wish you had done so many things differently. Know that and do them differently now. Focus on what’s in front on you. Work on the relationship you have with yourself first. Slow down….
The most powerful tool we posses as humans is our capacity to love. Period. I don’t care how much money you make or how brilliant you are. If you don’t love big, you are small. Think about the people that affected you the most in your life. Your family, parents, siblings, teachers, coaches,…
About fours years ago when I felt the least alive, I asked myself what my life would look like if I started to live like I was dying. How would I think and behave? I wrote it down.
My dial would instantly be turned on How I Want to be Remembered. This means I would not care what others thought of…
Nothing? Bullshit. Look harder. Not what you will have or could have. Right now, what gives you joy? Your kids? Your friends? Your workout? Your dog, career, hobby? Nothing? Okay, what about your transition?
Yes, your transition, the one you’re in or about to embark on. Your new chapter. It’s…