I was raised to dream. I was raised to believe, from a very young age that, I could grow up to be anything I wanted. Mermaids exist, and the princess always out smarted the villain. I was raised to believe that as long as you were a good person, good things would find you, – that the world was your oyster.
Then I grew up. I meet people, many people, people that very closely resemble that villain the story. I met people who made me change what I believed. Who told me that it was weird to dream big, that nothing good will happen for people like me, no matter how kind I am. The worst part was, I believed them.
We all believe them.
As the weeks of quarantine go by, the more time I have to reflect on the person that I want to be, I think back to when I was younger, back to when my two biggest cheerleaders were my parents. Always encouraging me to do whatever it is that I wanted to do. I think about what has really changed from then to now, and it’s plain to see. We are so influenced by everything in our world, the moment we are introduced to expectations, whatever they may be – that’s the game changer.
I want you to know that what people think about you, the expectation that they have of you, is none of your business. It’s not your job to live up to an expectation that someone else – someone irrelevant – has of you. I want you to know that no one in this world is going to fight harder for you, than yourself. No one in this world is going to give you the life you want to live, other than yourself. You are so powerful. Never forget that, & always, always remember to fight for yourself. Fight for that time alone, for that time to grow. Fight for that 30 minute workout, that yes, completely sucks in the moment, but think of the long term benefits. Fight for the job of your dreams, fight for every dream you’ve had no matter how small.
Always remember you are capable of anything you want, and if anything is everything – you fight for it all.