“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. You can fail at what you don’t want too, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
It’s that time of year – graduation. I think back to my own graduation only 4 days before my eighteenth birthday. I was naive and fearless. Just days after I donned my cap and gown I left Ohio and moved to Los Angeles to become a movie star. Funny how that didn’t exactly work out for me.
And yet…here I am, running my dream business that I couldn’t be more proud of, surrounded by people whom I adore and who inspire me, working on my marriage (because let’s face it, it takes work people) and raising two incredible little humans whose dreams feel like inevitabilities to them.
Nothing went wrong on my path. It just shifted and changed. And not just a couple times. I’ve lived so many lives. I’ve had serious ups and serious downs but very, very little regret. I’ve been lucky to be supported by the people around me for the most part.
Life isn’t about the day that starts with your daily routine and goes perfectly. Life is about the days when everything (and I mean everything) goes wrong and (as someone awesome once said) you yell “plot twist!” and move in a new direction. If there was any advice I could give to a graduate right now it would be to go and live your dream. You might fail, you might succeed but it’s the act of trying that makes you who you are and shows you who you want to be.
It’s the picking yourself up after failing that solidifies your soul and helps you to regard your successes as real successes to be celebrated and embraced and experienced full out. You rewards are commiserate with your risk. You cannot experience the ocean unless you are willing to leave the shore.
So go, chase that dream, whatever it is. Fall down. Get back up. Fall down again, lose your way and head in another direction. When it hurts real bad-you know you are living. When it feels better than you ever imagined you know you made it. Don’t stand in your own way. And as always know we’re rooting for you.