I was lounging at the beach this weekend and picked up on some lyrics from Nicki Minaj –
I am super feeling these words, they’ve been in my head ever since.
Sometimes it’s easy to compare yourself to others or get caught up in social norms, but deep down I think it’s important to realize that life is long and each of our lives unfold at their own pace. Some people are slow starters but finish strong, others kind of keep it slow and steady the whole time, others shine bright at the beginning and things unravel at some point…and then there’s every scenario or combination of scenarios in between. Maybe some people never take flight at all. Maybe some people kill it the whole way through and never hit any real bumps. Who knows.
Regardless, you just have to live strong and give it your all. Mistakes are part of the game – and we need them – to learn, improve, stay humble. They’re good reminders.
Keep getting up when you get knocked down. Keep dusting your shoulders off. Keep real proud when it’s time for that, too. Know how dope you are. Acknowledge the good. Go after your dreams, and don’t get caught up in the rest of it. Don’t dwell on mistakes, just course correct. Don’t overcompensate for short comings, that’s never a good look; be comfortable in your skin and own who you are. Just do you, trust your journey, know that things are happening at your own pace (even if in a different order than for other people or than you thought), and believe.
I read a Harper’s Bazaar interview with Jennifer Aniston in their April 2016 issue, and she says some things I love a lot: “…in your 20s, you didn’t know shit. For me, in my 30s I was just trying to figure it all out. Then when you hit 40, you’re like, ‘Oh, okay. I got this.’”
Some people may be ahead of you in some areas, but realize that you may have gotten a head start on some things they haven’t even begun to address yet…we’re all unique – different and similar at the same time.
Make sure you do have dreams though! And go for it! The years pass, time flies and so this is the time. Right now. You want to look back and know what you did and who you were, and that it was all worth the ride.
Happy Sunday, lots of love.