Follow Your Arrow

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It’s easy to look at the direction another person is going in life, and to feel like you should be doing the same thing. Maybe someone you know is travelling the world while you’re staying home. Maybe someone else is getting married and having a baby, and it’s making you feel behind on your own dreams. Or maybe that path isn’t what you want at all, and it makes you feel guilty or out of place. Maybe someone you follow on social media just got a promotion, and it makes you wonder if you chose the wrong career.

The thing is, you can’t compare your life to someone else’s life, and you can’t compare your path to anyone else’s path. You are YOU. You’re unique, different, flawed, valuable, and you have your own journey and your own contribution to make in the world. There’s only so many things we can prioritize in our short lives, which means there’s always going to be someone doing something that you aren’t.

If you see someone who’s working while you’re still in school, it doesn’t mean that you’re falling behind or that you chose the wrong thing. It just means that their focus is in a different place than yours.

It’s actually pretty great that we all have our own unique gifts, passions, and journeys in life. Think of all the issues in the world, from helping the hungry, to medicine, to mental health, to clean energy. If all of us were pursuing the same things, so many problems in the world would never be solved. But we all come into the world with our own special way of making things better.

You have gifts to share with others. We all compare ourselves to others sometimes. It happens. We all have days where we feel like we’re falling behind. When that happens, just remember that you’re here to follow your arrow. You have your own compass, your own guiding light, and every day it’s guiding you to be your truest self.

Wherever you are in life, this journey is yours. Trust your path and keep pursuing your dreams.

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You Are Enough

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Sometimes in life, it seems like there is a constant need for More. More money, more friends, more success, a better job, a better relationship, a better house, or a better lifestyle. People enter a new year wanting to lose more weight, exercise more, eat more healthy food, get out, say yes, or work harder.

We are in a constant state of feeling like we are not good enough. While a certain amount of desire for self-improvement is healthy, life is not always about thinking of where we want to go next.

You have to give yourself a chance to enjoy where you are now. Be present, explore, make discoveries, take pictures, write things down. No matter how big your dreams are for the future, chances are, one day, TODAY is going to be the day that you look back on.

Today is going to be the day that you feel nostalgia for. Even if your present situation isn’t ideal, there’s probably something in your life now that you’ll look back on in ten years, wishing you could go back.

And that doesn’t mean you should feel guilty in life or have regrets, it just means that there’s probably at least one thing at this stage of your life that makes your heart happy. Sit with that, give thanks for it, enjoy where you are now because we’ll never have this day again.

Where you are now is special because it’s preparing you for who you’re meant to be. Keep dreaming, keep growing, keep pursuing the life you want and the places youwant to go. But also take the time to be present, and know that you are enough.