“There is nothing new under the sun.”
When folk discuss and share their story, the life lessons always seem very cliché. At an earlier time in my life, I would have agreed. After some life and reflection*, my perspective has drastically changed. Once you simplify everything you go through, the similarities amongst stories are always prevalent. Why? It’s not because everyone sets out to do and be the same. It’s because we are all humans experiencing a human life. Everyone experiences success in one form or another. Everyone experiences trials and tribulations. The specifics of either experience become less important. Why? Because life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% about how you handle it. Time has shown that there are methodologies (more like mindsets) that have proven to work best when one takes on the journey called life. With that being said, overlap is bound to happen. I’ve used several quotes throughout this, but this is my last one: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! What works, works. There should be no shame in using what works, regardless of what others may think or feel.
*Reflection is a helpful way of reeling you back. It can help you identify the things you are grateful for as well as places where you need to grow. You only realize the lessons you learn throughout life through reflection. Making the time can make all the difference.
no, really, who do you think you are?
i feel like not only is it okay to ask yourself this question, it is necessary and let me tell you why.
everything about you, inner and outer, starts and ends with you. that’s not to say that life experiences haven’t played a major role in how you perceive and interpret this world, but it still boils down to you in the end. you are still left with your own conscious. how you treat and nurture it will greatly determine how you answer the question ‘who do you think you are?‘
but i’m going to save you some time and effort and answer for you. YOU ARE THE SHIT. you may not believe me now, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. nobody walks like you, talks like you, thinks like you better than you. this is your power! you are your own brand. everything you put out into the world and the universe sets the tone of how well (or poor) your ‘brand’ is going to do.
with that being said, you have full control over how you feel and operate within this life. don’t compare yourself to anyone else. you are meant to be yourself, regardless of what that looks like to anybody else.
set your own goals and demolish them because that’s what you’re meant to do. if you don’t, you’ll spend the rest of your life taking orders and directions that aren’t necessarily meant for you. only you know what aligns with your best interests. therefore, it only makes sense to listen to yourself over anybody else. your journey is specific to you and is only meant to be filled with all the things, people and situations that make you excited, confident, full, warm, and purposeful. eliminate EVERYTHING else, always remind yourself that you are the shit and just watch all the things you accomplish.
don’t go another day without letting yourself know, YOU ARE THE SHIT!