What if I fall?

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“What if I fall?” 
“Oh my darling, what if you fly?”

Do you ever ask yourself if you like the person you are? If you are who you’ve always wanted to be? Do you know who you want to be?

To be honest, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I realized who I really wanted to be. I want to be that guy who tells people they can fly. I want to see the magic they have stored up in their hearts for so long. And I want to make them see it, I want to make them use it. Because, truth be told, falling is just another way to fly. Continue reading

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The Interestings

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Running hard after an extraordinary life turns out to be choosing a lie.  The realest extraordinary is always found in the ordinary.  The extra everyone’s looking for – it’s found in ordinary.

- Marjorie Knight

I hated this book.  And I am so glad I read it.

From the beginning, I felt an oddly personal loathing toward the insecure, approval seeking main character of The Interestings, Jules Jacobson.  Even opening the book filled me with dread.  At first, I made this the book’s fault.  I decided it was a terrible book.

Then I remembered: When I have a strong, visceral reaction to a book, it often has something to teach me.

Spanning decades, The Interestings follows the lives of six teenagers – Jules, Ethan, Ash, Kathy, Graham and Jonah – who become friends in the early 1970s at a performing arts camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods.  While drinking vodka Tang cocktails…

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Here and now

tumblr_navmpw7U4D1r5gmiko1_400Anton Chekhov once wrote that any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day life that wears you out. And he was right. I believe that most of us are strong enough to conquer the reality we live in, but so few of us are actually in control. It’s the ups and downs that make life interesting, to say the least. The struggles, the fights, the losses. Continue reading

Hard work vs. talent

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” - John C. Maxwell

They say hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. And I do agree. After all, talent is never just an innate ability. It’s a lot more than just that.

It’s hard work, perseverance, discipline, vision, courage, faith, and a bunch of others all mixed up into one.

But can hard work alone make you a good artist? Continue reading

Life’s not fair

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The truth is that it doesn’t matter what you believe in, because some things will always be out of your control. Living cautiously has nothing to do with the things that happen to you. Or at least that’s how I chose to see life a long time ago.

And I do my best not to regret stuff. Or feel sorry for myself. It doesn’t work all the time. Continue reading

Hope. Pain. Strength

hope“I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.” John Green

Most of us don’t realize how strong we are. It seems as if we start off as being invincible. Or at least feeling as if we are. And life starts to happen, and we fail, time and time again, and suddenly we grow afraid of failure, oftentimes afraid of success just as much.

The trick is not to hide your pain behind a smile. Continue reading