“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
These words while highly lyrical and awe-inspiring, are beyond true of our purpose as humans.
When was the last time you did something YOU wanted to do? When was the last time you noticed the simple beauty of a blade of grass? Or even just how precious your life is? How important it is to be true to you?
Life is a series of choices we make that either take us closer to our dreams and goals, closer to our destiny – or, further away from it. Most of us have lost sight of our life purposes because of past our failures or our belief that our dreams are simply to impossible to achieve. Those thoughts of denial are a product of the influences you’ve had in your life. Sadly those influences, if you’ve been through some form of schooling, has probably been mostly negative. I mean when was the last time a teacher told you that it was okay to fail a test? At some point I am sure that people have told you that you aren’t good enough. That the mark on your test is all you’ll ever amount to in life.
While we can’t change our past influences, we can stop them from boxing us in the maze of life. The universe works on Newton’s 3rd Law – that every action has an equal and opposite reaction – you may call it Karma, what goes around comes around, it’s all the same principle.
I’ve just finished my June examinations, and honestly, they’ve not been my best. However, I decided that I can either #drake (be sad/bleak) about it, or I can accept that I may have made some choices which weren’t wise (i.e. not studying for physics and mathematics) but that I have another chance. Adversity is a breeding ground for opportunity.
As with navigating a labyrinth, it is inevitable that you will hit a dead end every now and then and you’re going to want to give up, but I challenge you to keep going. Jump a bit higher, find a hammer and knock down the wall, try another route, claw through it if you must – but, never give up.
The sun always shines, even in the dark. You, like the sun, are also a star. You may not always shine the brightest and maybe there are clouds blocking your rays from reaching the people around you, but it’s your duty to shine brighter.
One moment which changed my life was when I realized that the glass is in fact always full. Traditionally, we are asked to make the choice on whether or not the glass is half empty or half full when in fact it is always full.
It can be full of juice, your favourite brand of alcohol, or even just water – you decide; or it can be filled with nothing. Even when it is half full, the rest is filled with nothing (and nothing by definition is something – it is an interesting concept for another post). The point is, you are the only one who decides what your cup is filled with and how full it is.
The solution to most of life’s challenges is to make choices. Whether you’re top of your class or the person constantly in detention, whether you’re the social butterfly or the ultimate snob – you are insanely awesome simply because you exist, you survived the birthing process, you can survive anything.
Please: don’t give up hope that it can’t get better, don’t let what you’ve been told about yourself by others become your truth, don’t stop thinking differently, don’t let who you are now determine who you’ll be 10 years from now, don’t give up on your dreams, don’t give up on life, and most importantly – don’t give up on yourself.
For those of us on holiday, fill it with happiness; for those who continue to work, or have life to contend with, do all things for happiness and with passion.
Make life aMAZEing. =D
Written by Kerwin Jacobs, Grade 12, East London based for now 🙂