I will teach her to make her own expectations, and shatter them.
Be brave. Shatter expectations. Say no, say yes. Scream your hopes to the sky. Shine with all your brilliance, even if you make mistakes along the way.
You weren’t made to be perfect, or small, or obedient.
The one thing, however, that still can be a bit taboo to poke at, touch on, or simply bring up in everyday conversation, is sex.
I once read that I should think of my fear as an opportunity. Because once you have lived through your fears, you’ll have become who you were meant to be.
Apply for the job of your dreams. Finish the project you’ve worked on for ages. Do not run. Do not escape. Do not hide.
I had a growing sense of the limitations of my worldview as I traveled. Every day since the end of college, I have been faced with the reality that life is so complexly grey.
We need you to show up now. And to pass these peaceful, gentle, brave qualities and virtues to the next generation of boys who are being born into this world.
Listen to your body, rather than the endless negative chatter of your mind, to gauge what makes you feel awesome. This may make you feel awkward, look silly, or stand out. Perfect — that’s the real you!
I was deeply sick. I managed to mostly hide it from my parents amongst the chaos of my chronic illness, an easy trick to play at the time.