Shit happens. Unexpected upsets occur. People let you down.
React or respond.
Shut down or share your truth.
One truth is, you always have a choice.
Those moments of challenge life hands us are opportunities to grow. Even when they suck.
Some days the urge is strong to shut down, protect myself, and say, fuck it, I’ve had enough.
Those are the moments that shake me to the core, and remind me that I get to choose how I want to live my life.
No one else has a say, including people who love me.
I do not want to live a shut down life.
I will not trade my passion and self-expression for safety and security.
It is the cause of dis-ease, which I’m sure given enough time becomes disease of a more common kind.
I choose to live consciously, as awake and open as I can.
My choice to live the way I want requires no approval.
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
Emile Zola’s words resonate, squeeze my heart, and remind me of something I’ve known for a very long time.
I am here to live out loud.
Unapologetically, free to choose, moment by moment.
Today choose love.
Love the upset. Love the people. And most of all, love yourself more.
Zero judgement, all love.
Imagine the possibilities.