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One day…

One day we’re going to be the people we’ve longed to become. We’ll follow our dreams and find out who we are. We will be comfortable in our own skin. You’ll stop wearing make-up and I’ll start wearing my glasses.

So much time is spent trying to meet the expectations of family, friends, co-workers and strangers. We’re so focused on what others would have for us that there is no time left to pursue the things we want for ourselves. Unfortunately, given enough time, what others want for us can become what we want for ourselves. We give up.

We stop saying “One day…”.

This isn’t the worst that could happen. We could still lead full lives with those we love and do good in the world. It would just be to the beat of another’s drum. We can have more though, so long as we never stop saying “One day…”.

One day I’ll speak another language and be able to share with your family. One day I’ll be an independent photo-journalist, providing the world with eye-opening depictions of life and messages of inspiration. One day others will listen to my words, not because I ask them to but because they find hope and help within them. One day I’ll raise a son into a man that wants to be a good person.

One day you’ll find spirituality and a deeper meaning to our existence. One day you will be an accomplished artist that instills beauty in your surroundings. One day your creations will hang in galleries around the world. One day you will raise a daughter into a strong woman that respects herself and helps those in need – including animals.

One day we’ll be free from doubt. One day we’ll be unafraid of failure and eager to chase opportunity. One day we’ll find harmony.

Why can’t one day be today?

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Somewhere in life, usually around the early to mid-twenties, everyone turns the page and looks upon the next chapter. The second chapter.

This is an exciting but frightful time for some. Chapter One: A Beginning was so safe – so comfortable. We had rent, maybe a car payment, perhaps even a job with some modicum of responsibility attached to it. We had the world in front of us and negligible baggage to hold us back. But the world is a big place and there are lots of possibilities – some better than others and most fraught with pitfalls or bear traps. Maybe even bear traps inside of pitfalls.

Nervous excitement is a familiar face. Fear, apprehension and doubt are in attendance. Resolve and confidence are usually the wallflowers in the back of the room, sipping on light beer. After all, we more often corral ourselves than choose the open range.

This is the point where some people close the book and stay where they are. The place in their story where they convince themselves that Chapter One is all they’ll ever need. No more unknown. No more rejection. No more risk…

And no more reward.

With a fingertip at the edge of the page and the closing sentiments of Chapter One to the left, either welcoming or bidding farewell, you now have a decision to make. Do you sit tight or pursue life?

It is my wild hope that sharing this with you is my first step towards the latter.

Hold me accountable, folks, cause I’m turning the page.

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