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Change: Brought to You by Failure

When you are caught up with mistakes in life, you never realize how much it really takes to free you from them. I failed because I haven’t been able to let go of the past. I failed because I wanted to categorize my success in ways that other people do. Lots of people fail, but many don’t completely come back to a place that enables them to succeed.

I hadn’t taken the time to step back and actually consider what makes me happy. What I want to spend the rest of my life doing. I haven’t considered on which terms I want to live my life. So I procrastinated, found projects to occupy my time, and wasted countless hours on meaningless things that will not change my life or outlook on it.

I am taking responsibility for my life right now. Hate your job? Find something you love doing , because no one but you is making you work there. Don’t know what you want to do with your life? Figure it out, because no one else is going to shape your future. Caught up in the past? Now is the perfect time to realize that it’s holding you back from leading the life you truly want, and move on. 

Last night while I was driving, I had a passing thought. I am 22 years old and just for that moment, I wanted my struggles to end. I was sick of fighting and losing, and I could think of few things that would motivate me enough to continue living. And there in two very telling words, lies my problem and solution: “continue living”. I don’t want to just continue living. I want to live a life that I look forward to living everyday. Underneath this static facade, I want to be dynamic. I want to be energetic, learn new things, and  desire new knowledge and enjoy my life. I want to meet people that change the way I think. I want the world to see the best version of me possible. Simply continuing to live won’t allow me to do that. I only hope I still have time. My failures thus far have taken me to a point where I can’t ignore myself any longer. As JK Rowling said in an epic commencement speech:

“Failure means a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.”

My failure led me to this moment, and to this blog post.From now on, my energy will be spent on things that move me. Things that make me happy and fulfilled. Things that will bring me knowledge and joy. I am using this public blog post as a way to acknowledge that I do not live a life I am content with, and as an agent of change. I am not afraid of failing, because it is better than the static position I find myself in now. I define my success and determine my happiness, and I will define my terms to get there. Why waste the only life you have doing anything else?

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.”

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Recently Found Favorite Quotes!

“It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.”
-Henri Matisse

“If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?”
-Van Gogh

“The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.”

“Well it’s way past midnight and there are people all around/
Some on their way up, some on their way down/
The air burns and I’m trying to think straight/
And I don’t know how much longer I can wait/”
– Bob Dylan

“It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.”
– Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it.”
– Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”
-Henry David Thoreau

“To be awake is to be alive.”
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.”
-Albert Schweitzer

What are some of your favorites?

New Year, New You!

Here’s a link to the FIRST article I wrote for College Candy:

http://collegecandy.com/2009/09/14/body-blog-new-year-new-you/

Let me know what you think and I hope you enjoy it!

Why I Love Advertising.

“Somewhere between these two places, however, is where you want to be – a balance between a healthy skepticism of your reason for living and a solar confidence in your ability to come up with a fantastic idea every time you sit down to work.” –Hey Whipple, Squeeze This

Inspirationnn!

“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I’ve stood on the shoulders of giants.” -Isaac Newton