I think we all wish we could be fearless. I know I do. To walk to the edge of the cliff without a care in the world and just take that step, that leap of faith and then just free fall into the unknown. We’d love to embrace uncertainty rather than fear it. To have the chance to put all the past failures, betrayals, and pain in the back of our minds and even just for that moment let our minds fill up with possibility. To revel in the beauty of dreams we may not have even known we had. To love unconditionally, and without hesitation. To surrender whole-heartedly to another, without fear or suspicion. To take each moment as it comes, each person as they are, each day as an opportunity. To not be scared of what could happen if we do,but more afraid of what could happen if we don’t. To not be afraid of life, but more of not fully living.
The truth is, our lives have the potential to be remarkable. They hold the ability for our dreams to become realities, for the impossible to become attainable, and the chaos to become beautiful. Chaos creates opportunity. Opportunities for these lives we were given to become our own, to become unique onto ourselves, to be ours. We have the ability to own the moments of our lives. We have the ability to make our lives mean something. For them to be more than just a series of moments, to be more than merely existing. It’s up to us. The decisions we make shape the lives we lead. So choose wisely. But most importantly choose from your heart. Choose to make a difference. To affect change. To affect the lives of others. To become more. Choose to be yourself. To embrace what makes you, you. To stand out in a crowd. To laugh too loudly. To cry too easily. To fail. To be broken and to be the reason you smile. Find the joy in all your pain.
We spend so much time on how long it took us to climb “our mountains” that when we’re finally at the top we’re too exhausted to enjoy the view. We focus so much on our destination, we forget to acknowledge the journey it took to get there. Making it to the top means nothing if you don’t find the beauty in your struggle; if you don’t take away strength from the obstacles you overcame. Be the type of person who can find the beauty in even the ugliest situation. Who can find the light in the darkest room and hear the sweetest melody in the saddest of songs. It’s up to you.
The lives we lead are ours. What makes it beautiful is that our futures are unwritten and each day by living we put pen to paper and create our own stories. So make yours worth reading. Write a story unlike no other, full of romance and mystery, sadness and hope, dreams and reality, successes and failures. Take the time to appreciate the little things. Let them fill you up like the big things would. Dance in the rain. Catch snowflakes on your tongue. Enjoy life. Live it. Make no apologies. Gaze at the stars. Dream. Wish. Hope. Have a little faith. In life, in love, in yourself. In knowing that life is truly what you make it. So make it great. Make it matter. Make it count. But above all, make it yours.