The Wealth of a Natural Gift

 

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The funny thing about people who change your life is that you never see them coming.

This was true of the man I met three nights ago. Let’s call him Charles.

When we began conversation on Thursday night, he seemed nice enough. He had no problem spending money, I’ll tell you that. (Which was convenient because I was working)

As the night progressed, Charles began to confide in me. It turned out he was a manager on Wall Street.

Yet here he was on a Thursday night at the bar, drinking shot after shot of Jameson, alone.

It didn’t take long for Charles to tell me that even with all the big money he’s making, he’s just not happy with his life. He spent years and years chasing money and for what? To not have the time to spend it?

Charles then began to ask about me. He wanted to know what I do.

Before I told him, I braced myself for a reaction. The typical reaction is along the lines of “Oh, she’s one of those” or “Oh, that’s a nice little dream.”

Instead, when I told Charles that I’m a writer, he smiled. Not a condescending smile or a teasing one. Just a genuine grin.

“So is that your passion? Have you written since you were young?”

And so I told him. I told him how writing has been my passion since I was in the fourth grade. I told him how my grammar school teacher signed my yearbook “I hope to get a signed book from you one day.” I told him how I know writing offers no promises but it’s what I love to do- it’s what I’ve always loved to do.

You could tell Charles had nothing but respect for what I said. However, what came next in the conversation hit me like a ton of bricks.

Charles looked me dead in the eye. “Our society is not made for those with natural gifts to succeed.”

He took a deep breath and continued: “But it’s not impossible…you just need to work a lot harder.”

I smiled then too.

I never believed fighting for my passion would be easy. I never thought anything would be handed to me. But I will say that everything I’ve worked for thus far has been infinitely rewarding.

I’ve always been a person of passion. So sure, I struggle. I struggle constantly to make what I dream of become a reality. But I believe that if our society is not made for those with natural gifts to succeed, WE have to be the ones to change it.

I always say that people are only as great as their impact.

By that token, Charles is greater than he ever imagined.

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How to Save a Life

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When was the last time a person completely changed your day around with just their presence?

Think about it. When was the last time someone exuded such a positive spirit that you couldn’t help but smile along with them…even when you were having a bad day yourself?

It’s often said that energy is contagious.

After the experiences I’ve had in my life, I have no choice but to believe this is true.

Believe it or not, there are people out there who will make you want to do better in their company. They will inspire you and motivate you and remind you to never give up on what you dream of.

These are the ones who don’t just recognize you for who you are, but what you can be.

My goal in life is to be one of them.

For those that don’t know me, I’m the girl who looks for potential where it’s otherwise hidden. I search for beauty in the ugly and light in the dark.

I do this because I believe there’s always more to a person than what they choose to show you.

I try to spread only the kindest of energy because I know even the brightest of smiles and the deepest of laughs come from people who have seen hard times.

It may sound crazy, but I believe it’s energy that can change the world.

After all, how many sparks does it take to start a fire?

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That One Person

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No, I don’t mean a romantic interest. At the end of the day, it’s all about that one person. They may even be a stranger.

So many people are obsessed with how they appear. Sure, you want to maintain a good image, a positive reputation. However, so few take the time to focus on who they are and what they want to become.

If you want to build something, build your character. Build your goals, your aspirations. I mean you might have 2 million followers on Instagram but how many people have you personally affected?

Think about it. I truly believe that inspiring just one person a day goes further than anything. (If you wanna inspire say 10, or 10,000, that’s fine too)

It’s about impact over image. You can spend your whole life trying to validate yourself and your actions but I think if you know who you are and what you stand for, no one can take that away from you. Do you.

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Social Media Hype

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If you’re anything like me, you have the social media bug.

You love to post, you love to tweet, you’ve got a Tumblr, an Instagram, a Snapchat, and probably anything else that you can use to express yourself. (I mean, here I am writing on a blog) Social media is just a dangerous place for a creative over-thinker.

Well, if you’re even more like me, you also despise social media.

Here’s the reasoning: Yes, social media is an incredible tool. You can promote events and causes close to your heart. You can inspire thousands through a click of a button. Yet, people take out the time to pull others down, to post every single movement they make, to tweet what they could be experiencing around them.

So, where’s the line? Where do you stop and say it’s too much?

It’s huge to recognize that social media is all about what people choose to show you. It’s not necessarily the whole truth but rather the tailored truth. Or is it even the truth?

Social media makes it incredibly easy to copy. That picture you just liked could be something that was reblogged over a million times or edited for hours.

Sure, it’s easy to get lost in the addiction. (I’m guilty as charged) But what are you really trying to prove? You might have 4,000 followers but who are you as a person? Show me that and then we’ll talk.

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