I’m taking a hiatus from my RAOKing all over Seattle (read about my personal project in my PERSONAL page) but when I do have moments of random inspiration like a few weeks ago I seek to act on them. One night I had the hardest time falling asleep and after a few short hours of broken sleep, at 4AM I got up, put on clothes, and went for a walk. Taking my chalk along with me, I remembered how much I liked being awake walking around Queen Anne at this hour. Peaceful yet a bit melancholy, the darkness and stillness of our neighborhood quiets my mind and gives me solace.
I felt very appreciative in this moment in the darkness. For being not able to sleep that night, for being content in my life at this point, for being able to see myself as just a part of the intricate machine that is our world.
Hopefully some of the words I wrote on the sidewalks helped another to keep their thoughts and heart in the moment and not carry the baggage of the past or future with them for that day.
And of course (after no rain for a month) the clouds moved in around the afternoon and rain drops washed these words away as if they never were there. As it should be.
I love you – keep focused on the now – keep humble and appreciative of your days.
Happiest of Fridays to you! The reason I decided to choose the famous quote by Jimmy Valvano to scribble on a wall is because I personally needed this reminder in my life: Don’t Give Up.
I try not to post too many personal things on here because this isn’t my 7th grade Livejournal, but as of late a lot of worries have plagued me concerning my own direction in life.
I won’t bore you with further details but what I know is that in the end, it’s up to me to pursue what I want to and “if I’m not having fun, it’s my own damn fault” (quote thanks to Kathi Moser). I’m so lucky to be in my situation as a college-educated healthy American with loving family and friends and I really don’t have anything to complain about. There isn’t a need to worry, there just needs to be a desire to not give up on my goals while continuing to be grateful and enjoy each day.
We have all faced this struggle of continuing to persevere whether it be in our jobs, in our dreams, in our relationships, or in daily life struggles. But starting today, let’s take a step back and realize how fortunate we are to be free, to be healthy, and to have a support group. We are lucky; we are blessed. No need to complain, just keep striving to ENJOY every day, to help those in need, and to follow your heart.
So don’t give up! PLEASE don’t give up on your dreams. If you’re not working in your dream job, make time after work to take steps towards your dream. If you want to be a chef, take night cooking classes. If you want to travel, start saving up and consciously believe you’re going to do it. Whatever it is, work hard but enjoy the process. Live your life vibrantly and positively and gratefully. “Laugh, Think, and Cry every day” as Jimmy would say. And don’t you dare give up on it.
Jimmy Valvano “Don’t Give Up” Speech – If you haven’t seen it, what are you even doing?? Click that link!
Notes From The Universe – Daily inspiring emails. This is the first thing I read after I wake up. It’s a great way to start the day!
The early morning before Seattle wakes up is my favorite time of the day. This morning I left my house at 4:00 AM and drew this chalk mural under the aurora bridge a couple hundred paces away from the Fremont Troll.
The quote reads, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” (it is an anonymous quote, however many people believe Albert Einstein coined it – he didn’t).
I hope we can stop judging people by our social norms and start appreciating individual talent and passion. We are constantly comparing one another to traits that can represent only a fraction of our society . Everyone has something to offer; everyone can be a genius in their own right. Let’s start encouraging that type of thinking instead of marking off boundaries on what is “successful” and what is not.
“Comparison is the thief of joy” Theodore Roosevelt
I love you. Go out and follow your passion!
Sometimes the soul purpose of an act is just to make someone smile. This is one of them.
In case you can’t read my barely legible handwriting, the quote reads:
“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.”
– H. Jackson Brown Jr.
It is going to rain later today. That is the beauty of chalk. It is a temporary memory; a paused moment on the sidewalk (or like an older version of snapchat).
Like most things, it is here for a moment in time and then with the rain it is washed away leaving only small, colorful traces behind.