“Find the courage to let go of what you cannot change.” -Unknown
*** Please note that these are only ideas and/or concepts. These ideas are completely subjective and do not need to be agreed with or followed.***
Can you think of a time where you had a moment of courage? Maybe it was deciding to take the high road instead of doing what you wanted to do even if it meant leaving behind a life you wanted. Or maybe it was sticking up for someone who was being bullied even if you hardly knew the person. When we have courage, we are being our best self! We are following our heart instead of our mind. We may find it easier to listen to our mind instead of our better self (our heart). Our mind is our biggest controller. You know that expression “Mind over Matter” well it’s kind of the same concept except this time it’s “Heart over Mind”. 🙂 It can be hard especially when we are trying to fit into a certain stereotype. A stereotype is the following: A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. From a very young age we start to create ourselves all based off what we see others doing. When you were 2 you probably started copying words or phrases off your parents, you watched certain interactions being done with others, etc. Then when you turned 5 or 6 your whole world changed because you went to school and you were introduced to 10 times the amount of people and with that, you were also introduced to many times the amount of interactions that you perhaps copied and learned from watching others interact. And since that moment in time you have had to learn how to distinguish yourself from others and how to establish your own sense of “self” without letting others interfere with that process. Being yourself is one of the hardest challenges you will ever face in life. Influence is key in living. Here are a couple key concepts you can read in order to help put this all in perspective: 🙂
1.) You will spend your whole life creating yourself. In other words, you will spend a lifetime changing and expanding into a different person because we are constantly changing and change is beautiful! Never be afraid to change and try new things! Change can be beautiful and can change your life in the most magnificent ways! (Healthy, responsible, and reasonable decisions only! 🙂 )
2.) When you are in the position of making a tough decision, really try to see all sides of the problem before you attempt to solve and find the solution. Example: When you look directly at a cube, you may assume it’s just a square. It is only when you move or change your perspective that you realize not only are there 5 more sides but it is a 3 dimensional object.
3.) DO NOT conform to the ways of society!!! So much of our influences come from the media! So, when making healthy life decisions, question everything! What you read, eat, buy, watch, listen to, etc, etc. Imagine who we would be if we were not so influenced by so many different sources! Influence is great, you just need to ask yourself, “Is this going to have a positive or negative influence on my life?”
4.) Have the courage to be yourself! You are an amazing individual in this world so don’t ever stop growing and transforming into the beautiful person you are meant to be! 🙂
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher