Life, it’s quite the memorable ride. When I was younger, life was a simple formula of do’s and don’ts. Often times I leaned toward the “don’ts” because I was always curious as to the level of danger that was presented by the authorities in my life (parents, teachers, etc.). If you could read my thoughts as a child you’d hear me thinking, “… but is the consequence really that bad?” This mentality only added a new level of stress to the family as my parents realized I wouldn’t be satisfied with the status quo. My life, even early on, would be a constant adventure and an opportunity for knowledge through experience. As I got older I became increasingly bolder in my choices and would often frustrate those closest to me. At the time I didn’t know how to convey my feelings so I wouldn’t. I would come across as almost apathetic. The truth is I was more thankful that I had taken the chance and failed then to have lived a life in wonder. I didn’t experience the frustration that may occur from failure because I never missed an opportunity. I always felt proud of the fact I tried and took the risk and had the experience! The result, the end game, was less important to me than the success I personally felt for having taking the risk and learned from it. I’m pleased now that when asked I can respond with, “But wasn’t it amazing to learn so much?! To say yes to life in a time when we could’ve said no? How much better are we knowing more today than yesterday?? What a grand time to be alive!” It’s an awakening within ourselves when we find our choices pushing us into new moments or ideas. Once an idea is placed into our mind we are never the same. We are forever changed because that idea has expanded our mind and we can never go back to the way of thinking before that idea was introduced. Even if the idea is ridiculous, your mind now processes the ridiculous in a fresh new way. Let’s move on…

In the past 3 months I have taken a course in life that I normally would never do. The logic in my brain said, don’t act a fool… my heart decided otherwise.

*Take the risk you fool!
*Life is meant to be an ongoing experience so change your experience!
*You’ve failed yourself in that we are stagnant.

-George Bernard Shaw stated, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

It’s true that somethings we’ll never change. For example, I’ll always love the beach. I’ll always love music and theater, being creative and being around those of the creative nature. I’ll always love my family. I’ll always love hearing the excitement about life from my nieces and nephews. I’ll always love memories, good and bad. I take life very seriously, but I also realize that life isn’t a movie script. Life isn’t taught in a class room. Life is what you do while you’re around the people who make up the routines of your day while you are awake. How is your life? Are you embracing life to the fullest and shouting to sky, “I’m ready for another day!!!” or are you waking up and hoping that the day passes and you go unnoticed to strangers because you prefer the attention of your loved ones over anything else? Both are ok and you should be excited about the passion you feel for your life! It’s your life and the only life you have!

The purpose of this post isn’t to tell you how to live life, none of my posts are. This is a post to encourage you in your life! Don’t be afraid to say, “This is my life and I’m damn proud of it!” Smile at strangers. Talk to neighbors. Encourage your friends and love your family. Don’t be afraid to say no and be encouraged to say yes. The Arizona Lottery has the slogan, “You can’t win if you don’t play.” I believe it’s true for life. Play to a life that motivates, stimulates and challenges your status quo. Even if the matters you challenge are small, you’re finding a new idea of life that you didn’t have before. You can now appreciate more because you said “YES!”

To close, I’m not sure what the next 3 months have in store for me and I couldn’t be more excited! The transition my life is enjoying right now is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. May I say, it’s one of the most dramatic changes I’ve seen in my adult life. As you go through your life, no matter where you are in age, I hope your life is constantly fulfilling and rewarding. May every day bring a new challenge and/or idea to you allowing you opportunities to grow and appreciate everything in your life that led you to this moment. If we have anything at all, we have this life.

Until next time….

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