There are three things that we all have in common; we’re born, we lie, and we die.

We’re remembered by the way we live our lives.

By the people that we are.

By the way we carry ourselves.

By the way we handle hard times.

By the passions that we have.

By our stories.

These things make us who we are.

Death is inevitable, but life is something that we can make the most of.

Your life is yours and only yours.

You have a say in where it goes.

You dream your own dreams.

You take your own chances.

You make your own mistakes.

You make your own friends.

You live your own life.

When you’re gone, you’re gone, there’s no coming back to do the things you wish you’d done.

There’s no coming back to apologize to the people you’ve hurt.

There’s no coming back to ask forgiveness for the things you’ve done wrong.

There’s no second chance, once you’re gone.

There’s no promise of tomorrow.

Life is way too short for worrying, so live knowing that everything will work out eventually.

Life is way too short for regrets, so don’t dwell on your mistakes, learn from them.

Life is way too short for hate, so love everyone.

There are lots of reasons that people have for hating people.

They did this. They did that. He stole my car. She stole my boyfriend.

But one that really gets to me is people hating people because they’re not like them.

For whatever reason.

The way that they live.

The color of their skin.

They have different views on different things.

They’re not pretty enough.

They’re not skinny enough.

They did absolutely nothing to you personally.

But they’re not “normal”.

They’re different.

We’re all different.

What is normal?

There’s no such thing.

Each person leads a different life.

Each life has different obstacles.

Each obstacle leads to different choices.

Each person on this earth has a different story and a different perspective.

How can you find normality in that?

You can’t.

We were made to be different.

Embrace it.

You’re going to do things in your life that others will see as weird.

Don’t let that stop you.

Be weird.

I’d rather be weird than normal any day.

Don’t spend years and years trying to fit in with the “popular” or the “cool” people at school or wherever you are.

Chances are, they’re not all they’re cracked up to be.

The friends that you make by being yourself are the only ones that you need.

The people that accept you for who you are and aren’t trying to change you, the way that you think, or the way that you live your life, those are the friends worth making and keeping.

Even with these friends, there are still ups and downs.

You just have to know who the people are in your life that are worth fighting for, and who are the ones that you should just let go of.

Don’t let people tear you down.

And never tear yourself down.

Don’t believe the people telling you that you’re not good enough.

Don’t believe the people telling you that you’re not beautiful, because you are.

Don’t take any of the negative comments seriously, because the person dishing them out is probably more insecure than you.

Of course, it’s not going to be easy.

But in the end, it will all be worth it.

Live your life as someone that people will want to remember.

Someone whose life people will look at and say, “I want to be like her,” or “I want to be like him.”

Someone whose life the generation after us will look at and strive to model their own lives after.

Live a life that you will be proud to say was yours.


What If, What If, What If, Get Out of My Head!

What if tomorrow never comes?

What if I spend all of this money on school, only to drop out?

What if I die tonight?

What if my dreams are too big and I won’t be able to reach them?

What if people don’t like me?

What if i never amount to anything?

What if I fail?

Worry. It’s what I spend basically all of my time on. Every day I worry about these, sometimes, irrational things. Things that likely won’t happen. Things that I am wasting my life dwelling on. One day, I pray that I will wake up and not have to deal with this fear. That I will be able to enjoy one day without being afraid of what is to come. That I can just enjoy life, be happy and have nothing but hope for the future.

It’s just that, the future terrifies me. I don’t know why. It never used to, but being in my second year of college and still not knowing what I’m doing there or where I’m going in my life. I’m just terrified that I won’t figure it out.

If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past year, it’s that time flies. Flies fast. It’s hard to believe that I’ve already been in college for a year. And I’m scared that I will wake up one day and I will have been here for four years and still have no idea what I’m doing here.

It’s literally the most frustrating thing that I have ever dealt with. How am I supposed to decide what I’m going to do with the rest of my life when I still feel like a kid? I don’t even know if school is what I’m supposed to be doing right now. But, I mean, I always thought that college is just what you do after high school. I never really thought past that. So here I am, wasting my time and money on this place when I don’t even know that I will graduate.

So why not drop out?

Believe me, I have thought through this many a time. To the point where I’m like, “Okay, this is it. I’m not going back next semester.” But I always talk myself out of it, or let my parents talk me out of it and here I am. Middle of my third semester and endlessly pondering whether or not I should drop out. If I had a plan as to what I would do besides school, I would do it in a heartbeat. But I haven’t quite figured that out yet.

It’s a big decision, and it’s taking over my life. My mind is filled with what ifs.

What if I can’t find a job?

What if I can’t pay back the loans I’ve taken out?

What if I don’t have anywhere to go?

What if I lose everything?

Sometimes, we need to fail a little, or even a lot, to succeed. So what if I fall a few times. Life isn’t at all supposed to be perfect. What if that is what I need to truly find myself. Taking chances is what makes life interesting. Maybe taking a chance is what I need to do. Get these what ifs out of my head and take a step of faith.