Fly

May 31, 2012

Only you can do it for yourself. No one can flap your wings for you. You have to jump off the cliff on your own. That doesn’t mean you won’t see other birds in the sky. Everyone who or everything that deems flight, reaches for the Heavens. To keep you company, to be on their way. It requires guts and a whole lot of faith. You put more belief in yourself than a shrink. And you constantly confront your fear.

Flight. It’s something so few of us do, although we’re all capable of it. Many believe it to be fantasy, others give up on it, too damn easy. If anything in your life is worth having, then you’ll have to put up a fight for it. And if you lose, you’ll have to fight until you win. It’s that easy. Funny how dumb we sometimes choose to be. Entitlement doesn’t exist. It’s a tough world out there, and if you want it – go get it! It is possible to learn flight from the get-go and just build up the pieces as you make a living for yourself. There are times though, when you’re falling through great depths – and the only thing you can do to stop it, is to learn how to fly. I belong to the latter group, despite having identified with the former for a long time. In order to save myself and prevent disaster, I resorted to flight: Barely able to run, I spread my wings and reached for the sky. I flew to make it. Now I fly to be free.

Your biggest potential, your greatest skill, I do not know about. Your best achievement, your largest victory, I’m not aware of. You can be your key ally or your worst enemy. No one can live your life for you. Since you’re reading this, know that you’re incredibly privileged, because you’re part of a minuscule, global minority who can afford the luxuries you take for granted! I used to complain of having bad shoes – until I acknowledged the destitute with no legs and then I shut the fuck up!

It doesn’t depend on the world for you to spread your wings. Humans are angels, on a test to see how well they can co-op without wings. Believe and you will achieve. People are not a confirmation of your strength: It doesn’t matter if what you’re about to do, has never been done before. After my second year at university, I failed a first year examination for the overall third time. I was broker than joke and struggled bad to keep up. That summer, I got kicked out. When I met the student adviser about getting back in, he told me I had a better chance winning the lottery (Yes, he actually said that.). I refused to concede defeat, opened up to the campus counselor and wrote my appeal to the board of the business school. A few weeks later, I got re-instated. I never informed the adviser because I didn’t need to: That was the single most powerful where I realized my capability to greatness and vowed to become self-dependent from then on. Fast forward six years and I’m running my firm, won a World Summit Youth Award Runner-up for developing a superior e-project, called ‘Mother Nature‘, that was chosen among 30 winning e-projects out of 630 international youth new media creations; scored a total 90% grade in a highly competitive Internet Governance capacity building e-programme for high-performing technocrats & government officials, under the Internet Society’s Next Generation Leaders course and am releasing a brilliant product of my competence of brilliant creative writing & illustration, this year. My hunch was right because it came from my spirit, and whatever your spirit tells you (if you choose to acknowledge it) is right.

Am I done? Nah, not as long as I live. Versatility complements success: You re-define your game when needed and stay fresh. We’re conditioned in this world to compete others. Unless you’re using competition to improve some part of yourself, it’s the dumbest thing you can do! Only you can breathe for yourself, how can anyone do it for/with you? Where is the sense then to engage in an activity, that only you can ensure your participation of – by yourself, against other people, so as to see who will ‘come out on top’? Doesn’t that sound stupid? ‘Yeah, I can only dead-lift 100kg, by myself, but I’ll compete with ya!’ I think most people fear truly being alone, by only being able to do things by themselves, that they throw themselves into competitive activities, to take some of that ‘sting’ away. What you don’t know, doesn’t have to sting you, though. Isn’t ignorance bliss?

What they only need to do is gather up all the balls they can muster and give themselves that push. They may crash off that cliff but if they, in their descent, believe in themselves, nature will be but all too happy to see yet another rising star. I’m flapping my wings already. In the race against myself, I’m doing good: I think I’m ahead! What about you, how far are you? If you is still kicking your ass, it may be time to give that push to yourself. Don’t worry about that unknown, the people there know it’s humanly possible. So jump! Fly! SOAR!

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

– Ephesians 1:3 (abridged)

Disclaimer: This article is for motivational purposes. I do not accept any liabilities that may arise on your part, for acting on it. And I include this disclaimer because a blogger who doesn’t take legalities seriously, is only a conviction waiting to happen.

Breathe

May 20, 2012

I forget to breathe. When I remember, I get paranoid & fret I may stop when my mind goes elsewhere again. That’s what this article is about, remembering that you have a chance to be with yourself and then letting go. My mind races most of the time, creativity calms it down, and I just bree-eathe. And man, is it good. Imagine being on Life Support – and not being able to breathe by yourself. What’s being in a coma like? All I know is there’s a bright side & dark side to breathing. The bright side is beautiful & the dark side is anguishing… to loved ones. Only nature knows what people in the dark side of breathing really go through. We use less than half of our brain. We must never forget that both the bright side & dark side constitute breathing – and how blurry their combination can be.

 

Do & Become are about chasing your dreams, full stop.This is about enjoying yourself while you’re at it. Breathe. Do it now, take a couple of deep breaths but before you do, think of a good thought for yourself. Go ahead! It’s not important what it is, what’s important is that you just inhaled goodness! 🙂 Now breathe Hope. And then Peace. OK, now Faith. And now, Your Dream! Take a minute & pause. You just rejuvenated yourself with all the power that you have: YOU! You may feel like an idiot, but that’s only ’cause it’s your first time. Several times today in your quiet-time, will take a portion of that jackass feeling tomorrow. It takes a month to form a new habit; try it! I don’t think you will not change.

 

I forget to breathe not because I want to, but because I allow myself to. We all shut down in our regular battles & hustles through the world. Society tells us to aspire & reach for ‘the top’, but it doesn’t do our bodies any good because we slowly shut down: Obesity, hypertension, fatigue, mental illnesses & all sorts of sicknesses. You quite simply burn out. You have to do what needs to be done but many of us, unknowingly, (have) put ourselves on the back-burner. I’ll be the first to admit that about myself. If I could live my youth all over again, I would give myself more time – to be myself and allow ME. Just breathe. All my youth, I’ve struggled & felt I never really took the time to stop and smell the roses. I hardly took the time to chill and take a moment appreciating to be me. Maybe I’m being a bit unfair to myself but a great deal of my teens & 20s felt like, I was chasing shadows. Can’t change the past, can only accept it.

 

Look in the mirror. Aren’t you good-looking? No, I mean seriously: Aren’t you the best-looking person you’ve ever seen? Be honest! Think of 5 things that make you bad. OK, now think of 1 thing that makes you really good. Doesn’t that thing like crash out the 5 ills? (If not, you’re being too modest about yourself, THINK HARDER!) When we vibe to our own rhythm, the world is a better place. The big, wide world with all its problems. Yet, when we appreciate ourselves and feel good, that big, wide world doesn’t seem like it could hold us down, with all its problems. You just feel like, ‘Whatever! It’s all good and I feel good!’ And as corny as it sounds, you actually feel that way. Think of the person you are. Isn’t that something? Man, it must be awesome to be you! And you still wanna hold a grudge against yourself for this or that thing you did or that happened? X(

No one gets through life with a clean sheet, EVERYBODY IS A F*CK-UP! Despite the obvious though, aren’t you still exceptional? I think you know the answer is YES.

 

Some people choose to acknowledge this, every day. Some mistake low self-esteem for humility. Like me, I used to be that way. Now I’m happy that I just typed ‘used to’. Where do you fit in? There’s no pressure, you’re not doing it for anyone but yourself. Live life at your pace, give yourself all the time you need. And then live it. Live through it. Do what makes you happy, that makes your heart sing. If your soul is euphoric like a child on the playground, you know you’ve hit the right spot. Live! Appreciate all that you are and all that you are not. No matter how hard anyone may try, no one will ever be like you! So, count your blessings afresh. Fulfill your dreams and stick through it, every day. Take one step after another. Instinct ensures you inhale & exhale. But while you’re at it – don’t forget to breathe!

 

 

“Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” – 1 Corinthians 8:1


Disclaimer: This article is for motivational purposes. I do not accept any liabilities that may arise on your part, for acting on it. And I include this disclaimer because a blogger who doesn’t take legalities seriously, is only a conviction waiting to happen.