Never be afraid to dive into a realm of uncertainty nor live a life that constantly provides a sense of comfort. Be brave enough to see everything with open eyes, challenge yourself to be molded into who you truly are. Being in a place that constantly puts obstacles in your way, is only part of the transformation. Coming forth as gold, just trust that in the end you will gleam with a miraculous light, protruding from your aura with nothing but pure and honest excellence.
I took this shot while on a hike in the park…the funny thing was, I had walked for so long without seeing any end in sight. Then it dawned on me that taking a journey into the unknown is what life is all about. What do you really want? What do you believe is your purpose in life? Placing fear to the side, I wholeheartedly encourage you to discover what your heart truly wants and ultimately find yourself in the process. You will reach the finish line of your someday…as long as you are willing to go the distance. Good Luck…wherever your journey may lead you : )
“When I’m deep in a project, everything I experience seems to relate to it in a way that’s absolutely exhilarating. The entire world becomes more interesting.”-Jocelyn K. Glei
In order to keep your ideas fresh and invigorating…challenge yourself to work every single day. There is nothing more exciting than working on a project and keeping your momentum at an accelerated pace. I challenge you to feed your mind with meaningful words found poured from the pages of a piece of literature, lay down on the grass with your journal in hand and just feel the energetic presence of the sun as the words begin to flow from your mind and onto paper. Taking in inspiration from every life-force that surrounds you, your deep-seeded passion just transformed into an amazing reality.
Abused and abandoned…sometimes we think beyond repair. As you recall the memories of the secrets being hidden and the lies being whispered, it all comes to a grand finale. A conclusion lacking of a “happily ever after,” you wonder why. Why do they hurt the one they say they love?
The truth of the matter is, there are holes…holes present in their heads and even larger ones in their hearts. They neglect to remember all of the times you created their crescent-shaped lips in the form of a bright smile, stood by their side when there was nothing to their name to overflowing with joy when they finally became something. Why can’t they remember when you comforted their cry and caught every teardrop? Like a shadow you were there until the very end, believing they would cherish you forever. The hole becomes deeper, creating an abyss of eternal selfishness- there is no space in their heart for you because the hole takes its place.
Today, I say to you, however, walk away from all of the holes you may possibly fall into. Turn in the other direction away from their darkness and into the light. Do not be afraid to leave a liar and do not be afraid to stay true to what you know you deserve. All hope is never lost because there will always be forgiveness for you because you chose to do what might have been one of the hardest things you have ever done in your life. You have given your all, remained truthful and gave them grace, even when none was given to you. Stay in hope that you are complete without the screwing of your soul. Hope is never lost, it will always find its way back home-back to you in the form of a simplistic, humble and beautiful renewal…Loving you, for who you truly are.
Just as in the dead of winter, only bare branches can be seen with the naked eye. However dormant beneath their resting barks wait seeds of greatness, ready to sprout come Spring’s full glorious bloom.
“The most wonderful, amazing, spectacular and worthwhile things in life…do not come easy. Working hard may bring battle scars, but they are living proof that you had the determinative spirit to accomplish something all on your own. Tired eyes are signs that you were the first one there and the last to leave. Rough hands prove you did what no one else was willing to do; and tears show the world that your body is a unique entity, for it will purge all of the hurtful emotion to provide space for positive energy and life to the heart.
So wear your beautiful badges of honor, courage and strength, for they ultimately shape who you are and personify personal destiny.”
Those hands, those precious little hands…did they ever have the chance to work with all their might? Those minds, those tiny, little, inquisitive minds…did they ever have a chance to discover? Those voices, those meek and mild little voices…did they ever have the chance to give a speech that would define a generation or even shape a nation? Those feet, those itty bitty feet…did they ever have the chance to run the distance, to compete for a medal of honor? Those hearts, those small, but strong, willing to fight, forever loving hearts…did they ever have the chance to flutter at the feeling of a first love, graduation day or the realization of their dream seeing the light of day? Those souls…those wonderful, brightly-lighted souls. So filled with hope, we smile because they batted their little wings and flew to heaven.
Although we have never seen the face of innocence being abused and broken, the truth of the matter is, children all over the world die everyday. Sometimes it is war, because they fight for the right to go to school or for reasons such as this that remain untold. Whatever the reason, it happened and the truth of the matter is, until we change ourselves as individuals from the inside, we will not see our precious little planet earth grow on the outside. It is just that time to pass the ideals of community, compassion and love onto our children and their children in turn…violence is never the answer.
In honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy I wrote this piece not just for the children, but for the parents, who have to cope with not having their little babies come home, and for all of the teachers that gave their lives trying to protect all of their students, even though it was not asked of them. As a teacher, you feel like these children are your own and truthfully I just commend them wholeheartedly for all of the courage and bravery they displayed on December 14, 2012.
No, we weren’t created to be like everyone else…hiding behind the facade of “beauty.” No, we weren’t fascinated by celebrities nor looking to figure out who was dating who, but by what problems we could solve. How can we save a life? No, we weren’t into talking about what we were going to do, for we stepped outside into the world and did it. We were created to create, to innovate and to build legacies that would last for generations to come. No, not our faces to be seen but our voices to be heard. To be humble is our mightiest attribute, for our greatest sense of pride can only come from a child’s eyes when it shines with a glimmer of hope for their future, their belief in creating something the world has never seen before. No, we do not follow, we lead. No, we do not boast, but simply succeed…for it is not by our words but by our actions that speak of our true accomplishments. No, we are not like everyone else but the genetic mutations of generation X. We sought out more than just nine to five and the confines of walls…we fought for more, for the world. Discovering uncharted territory, we made leaps and bounds, destroyed the status quo and yes, we are here to break the mold.
The X-men weren’t just fictional characters in a comic book, they symbolized the greatness of being unique and the boldness to make an impact and ultimately revolutionized the sentiment that there is power in being different.
“I’m not the man they think I am at home.
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man.
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone…all this science, I don’t understand.
It’s just my job five days a week.
A rocket man, a rocket man.” (Elton John, 1972)
-Like sir Elton, be ready to fly beyond the plateau of your imagination. Above mere Earth lie galaxies unbeknownst to man. Live your life expecting more than just the norm, and even if no one believes in you, the most exuberant feeling occurs when you believe in yourself. We can fly far above average, if we just muster up the courage to try…I’m ready, are you?
In the wake of the devastation following the spontaneous destruction that was Hurricane Sandy, we, not just as Americans but also as human beings need to take a step forward and do what we can. When people cry out we need to listen and when people need help, we that have must provide. In the event you are looking for a way to reach out, please head over to this article provided by Time Out New York City to see a list of some amazing organizations providing a great deal of volunteer opportunities. Even if you are one million miles away, your donations make the world of a difference. One of my personal favorites is the Food Bank of New York City. Please donate to those that are really using their funds to make a sincere difference and if you are in doubt, never be afraid to call them directly or research reviews online.
The truth of the matter is, everyone was affected by this…it is not just New York, New Jersey nor Connecticut’s fight but it is all of ours as a nation. We have to rebuild together. So please, do what you can to help in any way that you can because regardless of what any critic may say…any help is a meaningful one.
Just as the Three Musketeers fought until the end, we’re going to do the same. We’re going to get through this and come out stronger than ever before…“The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.” (Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers).
“I am woman…hear me roar” is the common underlining statement embodied in the American female spirit. While we were once born and raised to play as the domicile, domestic creature of gentleness, we are now the working force…the backbone behind the dreams of our children, the strength of our husbands. We bring it all together and there are many who have full-time jobs, as workers in both the corporations and as mothers in the home. Then there are the single women, like myself, whom also work countless hours but hold off on marriage, all to capture a dream.
Indeed, when I am asked why I am not married nor seeing anyone, I could give multiple excuses as to why it is not so only to come back to the underlining factor that it is ultimately just that that keeps me on the path that I am on…my dream. There was always something inside of me that told me I was not meant to be in one place, but was meant to be everywhere I was needed…to soar, to fly, to seek an infinite amount of possibilites. Personally, I chose not to be married right now because there are so many people who need my help and they, to me, are more important than the little house with a white picket fence right now. I can wait for the PTA meetings and the parties because I have faith that will all come to me in due time but there are kids out there thirsting for their right to a decent education…and that is what I want to give, that is my purpose.
Being alone right now is nothing short of a blessing because we, as women, should strive for something more. From Joan of Arc to Tina Turner, we’ve taken the hurt, pain and oppression then turned into fuel for our fire, a rise to power, greatness and attribution to our destiny. So in honor of celebrating International Day of the Girl, I partnered up with CARE.org to celebrate the infinite beauty and strength of the form that is us…woman. The best way to show your pride is to show how much you care, so help bring bring awareness to ending child marriage everywhere. Let us celebrate these girls and let them know that they have the capability of becoming the entrepreneur, the teacher or the senator. They have the infinite amount of possibility all in the palm of their little hands and eyes brightened by expectation.
I met a man once who started out with just a dream, but then he ran…struggled. He was awake from the moment the sun arose, to the moment the sun began to set. Maybe it was the lack of sleep or the hours of late nights toiling that made him fight, but it wasn’t the lack of food that drove his hunger…it was his dream. To make what was once an image stored in the back of his mind and forever kept sacred in the depths of his heart-it was the pursuit of himself, his passion, his ultimate reality defined on the premise of sheer determination and hope for the future.
In this race we call life, never look at it as something that we can just merely walk through. Indeed, stop and appreciate the simple things every so often, but when you are young in spirit, brave in heart and solid in mind now is the time to pursue your dreams (in the words of H. Rollins) “…with monastic obsession.” It’s your time now, so appreciate every minute while it is in your presence.