I am a professional student. When I call myself this, it isn’t to say that I am always taking classes at the local college racking up a ton of student loan debt. This is a state of mind that I carry with me. I never want to be so comfortable in my knowledge that I am no longer teachable. There is always something new to learn and we can learn something from every person that we encounter. We will never know everything in this life, and the things that once made sense to you in the past will change as YOU grow and change. We are all walking on a path having and creating different experiences, but to remain open, optimistic and eager on the journey is one of the biggest successes. The more I learn, the more that I realize that I still have a long, long, loooonnnng, way to go but I love every minute of it. Become a student of life, experience as many beautiful things that this world has to offer and share what you have learned.
The idea that talent, intelligence, or genius is a finite resource is a myth. Yes, some people are born with crazy talents, but guess what…. you have a crazy talent too. You may not have realized what your God given gift is yet, but you have one. Your talent may be to take care of the sick, to be an artist, a hairdresser, a writer, or whatever makes your feel full of life. Figure out what you love to do and go do it, unapologetically, and wholeheartedly. Do what makes you happy and fulfills your soul. I understand that we all have to make a living and pay bills, but do not allow the daily 9-5 grind pull you away from your purpose on this planet. YOU ARE SPECIAL. YOU ARE TALENTED. YOU ARE GIFTED. Have you been playing around with the idea of writing a book? Start writing today, and start writing a little everyday. Have you been thinking about doing missionary work, start looking into it and putting things into action. The fact that something has been coming up in your mind on more than one occasion, is a sign that you should try it. It can be challenging to face our fears and to step out of our comfort zone, but those times of discomfort is where the most growth takes place. Have faith, and KNOW that you have what it takes.
We find ourselves in the habit of initially saying no to the things that we really want to do. Many times, this is out of fear. The fear of rejection, embarrassment, the fear being less than perfect to onlookers. We fear criticism. Learning to let go of the mental hang-ups that we carry within ourselves takes a conscious effort. What does perfect even mean!? Creating a life that excites us, requires us to do things that push us out of our comfort zone. Dreams die in the comfort zone. Sweat a little, get excited about the possibilities, challenge your old ways of thinking and say YES to doing something that scares you. This is your life, you have the power to change its direction but you have to make the choice to do so.