I don’t know what you dream of doing with your life, I don’t know the thing that sparks your curiosity, that pushes you to want to be better, to do something extraordinary. I don’t know what you hold in your heart, locked tight in that place where very few people ever gain access. I don’t know many a great thing…
But I know what you are going to do next.
You’re going to make that call, write those next ten pages, send that text, ask the person of your dreams out on a date, take the first step and calling them…just start with “hi” and go from there.
You’re going to put that poster up on your bedroom wall, the one that reads “Stop wishing. Start doing”. The poster that your partner, or your friend, or your roommate or your parent, the poster that they laughed at, that caused them to heap their derision on you.
You’re going to open that book and you’re going to study. You’re going to prove to yourself that fear of failing can never beat you.
You’re going to go into work today and when that person, the one that exists in every work place, when they pick on you with their well concealed bullying, when they do that, you will say no more! and put them in their place.
You are unstoppable.
You’re going to take that class.
You’re going to fumble through the steps.
You’re going to learn how to juggle, and then delight those around you with your simple joy, born out of knowing you earned the skill. Even if they say it’s trivial, you’ll smile anyway.
You’re going to email that acting agent.
You’re going to click “send” and watch as the fruits of your imagination wings its way to that publisher.
You’re going to take those pills. I know they scare you and while they may not work immediately, you have to trust that if you maintain it, you will get better.
You will say no to being normal, whatever that means to you and you will completely and utterly own who you are and who you want to be.
You’re going to plant that first seed, knowing that one seed at a time eventually leads to a beautiful garden, but only if you tend it with care and unwavering support.
You’re going to strap on your trainers and go for that run, regards of what the weather may have to say about it.
You’re going to negotiate that contract and settle on a figure that matches the years of your life you spent learning how to the best in your field.
You’re going to say sorry. You’re going to apologise because even though you know you’re not solely to blame, you realise that taking responsibility for your actions makes you a stronger and healthier person and that is something to cherish.
You will let go of the negativity that has haunted you for so long but if that’s not possible, you will acknowledge that something has to change. Not only that, you will congratulate yourself because change is not possible, deep change is never possible unless you make the decision first to admit there is a problem.
You’re going to go without sleep, just for this night, because that feeling in your chest won’t leave you in peace. It demands that you go and pour your heart and creativity into something. Tiredness will haunt you but you will be at peace because you are following your heart.
You will do all this and more because you realise that life is there, waiting for you to do something. You realise that none of this was ever meant to be infinite but more importantly, you realise that the trappings of modern life are merely a dark and manipulative curtain that prevent you from being something life changing and extraordinarily breathtaking.
I often say the following to my students when I speak of such things:
“You have the capability to be extraordinary. You can do things most only dream of. All that is required of you is that a decision be made. Decide. What do you want to do, who do you want to be? Then never stop moving towards that. It’s scary, it’s unknown but life will be all the more sweeter because you are brave enough to try. You will not believe me just now, not believe that it’s as simple as deciding and then making it happen. And that’s ok. I will believe in you. And until you believe in this fundamental truth yourself, let me do it for you.”
You can be extraordinary. You can change the world, in ways most of us can’t even imagine.
Until you believe that, let me believe it for you.
Goddam I believe in you and I always will.
Now go out there and begin.
Onwards to glory.