Live passionately. Dream big. Don’t back down.
This quote has hit me three times in one day. I wasn’t originally planning on writing about a quote, but since it has randomly come into my life on multiple occurrences, all in the span of a day, I changed my mind. I guess I’m supposed to talk about it? Who knows. Here we go.
Part One: Live passionately. I’ve talked about this time and time again, but life is too short to be anything but happy and to be spending your time doing the things you love. What is your passion? What makes you ignite with vigor and determination? More importantly, what would you do for a career if money was no object? Be honest with yourself. What was the first thing that flashed in your head when you read that last sentence? Now go do it. Don’t waste a single second. As a poster in my room says, “You are a perishable item. Live accordingly.”
Part Dos: Dream big. Aside from the immediate, involuntary “woah dream big” Juno reference, this command actually does challenge me. Basically, I think that too often, we sell ourselves short. I think that of all things plaguing the human race, one of the biggest is self-doubt. Being critical is one thing, but not going after something because of fear of inadequacy is a whole new ballgame. “Reach out and open the door that no one thought could be opened. Life is behind it. We don’t have an eternity to realize our dreams, only the time we are here. If you risk nothing, you risk everything.” True, right? What are the things that you would put on your bucket list but then tell no one about? The things that you think are so inconceivable, but you want to achieve them anyway? Now think about why you have said that they are impossible to achieve. In the same way that you set your mind to failure, set your mind to ignore the negative voice. Going back to my post from a week ago, usually the biggest thing standing in the way of achieving our dreams is really scary to see – because it is our own face. So, get out of your own way. Believe that you can get to that place; the one place at which you believed you could never arrive.
Part Tres: (Yes, I’m switching languages intentionally.) Don’t back down. This one doesn’t have to be long at all. Hypothetical question for you. What would your life look like if every single time someone has doubted you or told you that you couldn’t do something, you gave up? Every time someone made you feel inadequate, undeserving, unprepared, out of place, inexperienced, or just plain wrong. How different would your life be? Need I say more? So don’t back down.
These three commands are so simple, yet so hard to actually live out in a conscious way. I find myself drawn to big, long quotes; full of creative language and organized thought. Maybe the old adage really is true – that the best things come in small packages (or quotes). 🙂
Verse for you to think about: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1-4