Lesson No. 40: Cultivate Inner Strength

How about some Monday morning existential musings? That’s what people do on their way to work, right? Just me?

So here’s the thing. We are all alone in this life. Yes, we may walk side by side with those we love. But no one truly lives our life with us. Our human experience is ours alone.

Our life is our own entirely. It is our responsibility to make out of it what we will—and to ascribe whatever meaning to it that we see fit.

No one is coming to save us or make our decisions for us or tell us if what we’re doing is right or wrong. We’re on our own.

Some people find this depressing—even frightening. I, however, find it to be strangely liberating.

No one can ever truly break me because my life belongs to me. My life is what I say it is, and not what anyone else tries to make it. My life is my personal work of art—the living expression of who I am and what I believe in.

If I choose to take this responsibility, I can make my life my masterpiece. But I have to be strong—self-reliant and self-aware.

Lesson No. 40: Cultivate Inner Strength.

I am not alone. I am with myself. I am strong (even when I’m weak) and I can love myself. I will be okay despite whatever may happen around me. People and circumstances are constantly changing. But I can always count on myself.

I am one tiny little creature in a gargantuan universe. I am here for only a short time. And there are all sorts of limitations to what I can accomplish while I’m here.

But I choose to see this as a good thing. As a gift, really!

It would be so easy to feel defeated by these ominous facts. To be completely overwhelmed and essentially give up. It’s too hard. It’s meaningless. Why bother?

Remember this: restrictions force us to be creative. If you were instructed to make a meal, given a limitless budget and limitless access to different ingredients you’d probably come up with something really nice—but unoriginal. Because you’re not being tested or stretched. But if you were given only a handful of uninspiring ingredients to use, you’d have to put your thinking cap on. And if you genuinely got creative with it, you’d end up cooking something pretty memorable.

In this vast and crazy universe, you can create a life that is deeply meaningful. If you choose to do so. All it takes is a little inner strength, darling.😜

That’s where all the magic happens. Cease this beautiful opportunity.💕

with truth and elegance,
Vanessa

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