It may seem selfish, but I just want all the people who love me to tell me while I can still hear them. I want to be given flowers while I can still see and smell them. I want to feel warm embraces from the ones I love, rather than have them leaning over my casket wishing they could hug me. I want to hear how important I am and how loved I am while I am still here. I want to be told how I put a smile on someone’s face or how I brightened their day. I want to be told how I made the world a better place, while I am still here. I do not want there to be any “ifs” left to grace the pages of my obituary. I just want to hear all of the good things about me from people who will probably never tell me to my face. How would a person’s life change for the better if they knew just how special they were?
This post is dedicated to Maya Angelou. I never had the honor of meeting her but she was definitely an inspiration. Just hearing her speak made me want to write down all of my thoughts. I felt that maybe one day I would write something that the whole world would want to read, just as she did. I could sit and listen to Maya’s poems…hanging on every word. There’s no denying the lady was brilliant. She overcame so much in her life and became something so great. She has left a mark on my life because now I am crazy enough to believe that I can be great too. Dr. Maya Angelou, may you rest in peace!
You didn’t get off on the wrong foot. You are not a failure. It’s not too late. Keep the faith. Don’t give up. Everything will be alright. Take a leap of faith. Follow your heart. Live your dreams. Jump in! Even the best of the best make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. Everyone has doubted themselves at one time or another. You can’t give up on yourself. Please don’t. Take one day at a time. This is simple, but I am sure that someone needs to hear this. Jump in! You don’t realize how great you are now but you have to keep pushing to find out. You can be as good as the greatest if you jump into your purpose and follow through. I’m jumping in and following through with my dreams. I will not quit. I will not allow temporary discomfort to permanently cancel my destiny and you shouldn’t either. Jump in!
I’m doing this. I’m not going to quit this time. If I don’t do this, I will die. When I don’t share my heart with others, I feel like I’m decaying inside. So, I’m going to share this with whoever may find my blog and put my mind at ease.
How you love me…
I know He loves me. He knows that I love the rain; that it calms my nerves and brings me peace. Every drop feels like His love covering me. I know He loves me… He wanted me to be stress-free, so He woke me up before the break of day, to sit in the rain.
When He sends the rain, every drop is a comforting word being spoken over my life by Him. Even when lightning flashes and thunder roars, I still feel the peace in the rain.
No longer do I wonder why it doesn’t rain more often; I just learn to soak in every drop when it comes.
I know you are tired. I know you have been through so much. I know life can be pretty tough. I know you wish you were in a better place right now, but you’re not. I know it may make more since for you to wait it out and stand on the sidelines; watching everyone else pursue their dreams. You say your time will come, and true….it will, but at some point you’ve got to get off the bench and get in the game. Start today. Don’t wait. Get out of the “planning stages” and just do it.
I contemplated for years about writing a book, then finally co-authored two books. Was my material #1 best-seller? No, but in my eyes it was. Why? because I did it afraid. I stopped listening to all of the negativity (which mostly came from me)…actually, all of which came from me. My next move was to start blogging. Do I have a #1 blog? No, but I started it when I didn’t have an ounce of confidence in myself…I just did it. Basically, what I’m trying to stress to you is…YOU CAN DO IT!
So what if you fail the first couple of times! The most devastating thing you could ever do at this point is give up on your dreams. Start right where you are. Keep working towards your goals. Keep pushing yourself and you will see doors open and opportunities will become available. How do I know? I’m in the process right now. There are days I want to quit, but I’ve already put myself out there. There is no turning back to the way things were.
P.S. Spread love today…it’s perfect!