It’s not impossible, but it takes courage. It takes courage to be and to think differently. But the act of being and thinking differently is only different to those looking at you from the outside.
If you make up your mind that you're fully in control of your destiny -- if you decide to choose what you want to believe in -- then you're not being different. You're being you.
Recognize that those who say you're crazy, or those who try to stop you from being or thinking differently, are only confronting their own demons; they're trying to reaffirm their own beliefs.
If others give you advice, listen. If they tell you what you should or should not do, listen. But decide for yourself. Believe in yourself. Be yourself.
The only risk in being yourself is the risk of learning something about yourself. If you're not willing to take that risk, then go ahead, follow the crowd; follow the well trodden path that so many others follow.
On the other hand, if you're willing to learn, and to explore, and to discover, then step up to the plate. It’s your time to take charge. It’s time for you to shine. It’s time for you to take action and decide what you really want from life. It’s time to accept responsibility for being you.
Don’t be afraid. You can do this.
You will definitely make mistakes. Everybody does. Making mistakes is part of growing. It’s part of what it means to be human. If you’re afraid of making mistakes, then you’re afraid of being human! Doesn’t that sound silly? Why should you be afraid to be human?
Stop taking a comfortable, laid back approach to life. Stop taking it easy. Know that you are unique. And beautiful. And powerful. And smart. Know that you are capable of so much more than you currently believe. Know that as a human being your only limit to growth is the limit you decide to set for yourself.
Could you find happiness quietly settled in a mold that society expects you to sit in? Could you find happiness being like everybody else? Absolutely. But could you reach your full potential; your full potential to be happy, to love, to live? Absolutely not.
Your potential is limitless. Free yourself from false beliefs.
Those who love you will understand. Deep down inside they want you to be happy. They want you to be yourself. They want you to be real.
Be honest with yourself. Follow your intuition. Follow your inner compass.
Do you have a dream? Then follow it. Believe in it. Make it the driving force behind every single action; every single step. Dedicate every single breath to achieving that dream.
No dream? Then free yourself from anything that prevents you from exploring and discovering your dream.
And if you don’t discover your dream, maybe your dream is to simply live. To live happy. To live healthy. To live free. To laugh and to love.
This life is a one-way ticket to a wonderful journey. If you’re not being yourself, then you're giving that ticket away to somebody else.
You deserve to be yourself.
It’s time to dig deep. It's time to be strong. It's time to put your foot down.
This is your chance.