“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”
– John Lennon
But first, express how you feel.
This is difficult to do in societies that don’t encourage self-expression, but it is essential toward creating a better tomorrow, for us all.
There is something within you that this world needs now more than ever.
Discover it & share it.
The world will thank you.
Sometimes I scroll through social media and find myself comparing myself to famous people who seem to have “made it.”
Yes they have made it to where they are, and that’s perfect, but that’s not where our focus should be.
My focus, your focus, our focus, should remain upon our own lives, our own goals, our own dreams.
When you stop comparing and start focusing and working on improving your own life, life improves.
It takes time, but it’s worth it.
“Stay in your lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.”
What does self-directed mean?
It means the belief in free will.
It means owning responsibility for YOUR life, as your life is the only one you can truly control.
Lots of people waste time in the gossip, rumors, & other mis-informed distractions.
You won’t ever find true happiness there. The only place you’ll find it is within yourself.
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
Like clouds above,
They come & go; our feelings.
Actions break through that ceiling.
& up we go once again.
With our actions.
The next time you’re outside at night, take a look up into the night sky.
Look at the stars.
What do they mean to you?
You don’t need to answer it right now, or ever, but it’s something to consider.
“You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.”
— Terence McKenna
What did Alexander Hamilton mean when he said he’s not throwing away his shot?
He was referencing his life and the impact his life could have on humanity.
We all have different reasons for living, and they are all valid reasons.
The more specific you get with what you want to do with your life, at any stage of your life, helps clarify “your shot,” your vision, your dream.
Also part of what not throwing your shot away means is taking time to relax & enjoy life. Spend time with family & good friends. Learn something new. Travel. Explore. Have fun.
“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
— Dr. Seuss
What dreams do you envision?
How do you imagine the ideal world?
Think about an ideal world for you, and then think about an ideal world for everyone.
Really take time to think about this.
It makes a difference.
How much time do you spend waiting?
Instead of waiting, what do you think could happen if you tried?
Do you even know where you are headed?
Think about a better future. For yourself & for humanity. For this World.
What does it look like?
From here, is where you begin🙏❤️✨
“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”
You’ve stumbled. You’ve fallen. But you won’t let this keep you down. Not again. Not this time.
You’ve been created on this planet with a purpose. Some people find their purpose & live it out, while others contribute to purpose without knowing.
To find and live your true purpose requires a righteous pursuit. On this path you will fall much more than 7 times, but you will continue to rise and be stronger with each comeback.
You can go through your entire life with your eyes “closed”, or you can open your heart, mind, and soul and find the treasure that it waiting for you.
It’s your choice.
Pray about it.
Dream about it.
Love your fate.
& Rise again.
There’s a whole lotta talk about finding your niche & sticking with that.
I say fuck that.
You know those pictures that say things like “Discover. Dream. Explore.” Yea those are pretty corny but they have some truth within them.
To continue discovering, dreaming, and exploring you must not limit yourself to one niche.
Some people, some “experts”, consider people who study multiple subjects now as “crazy” or as having multiple personalities. This is insane to me. Those “experts” are narrow minded and filled with selfish biases and mis-understandings. Fuck “experts”.
For example though, I guess Leonardo da Vinci would be considered mentally ill in today’s “modern world”. Same with Nikola Tesla, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Aristotle, & the list goes on.
To be great in this world is to do great work – perennial work, and to create perennial matter you must actually discover, dream, and explore a range of subjects.
“When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.”
― Jonathan Swift
Carry on with the genius within you.
Fuck the “experts” and Fuck your niche.