Motivational Monday: Live now, what others will only live in the future

MM Live now

Don’t let yourself be weighed down by what other people think, because in a few years, in a few decades, or in a few centuries,that way of thinking will have changed.  Live now what others will only live in the future.

– Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho, have you read any of his books?  The man is pure genius.  He has a way of teaching powerful spiritual lessons in easy to read stories.  When I came across his quote this morning, I knew it was perfect.  If his advice is not to worry about what other people think, it is solid advice.

One of the most shocking experiences of returning to the U.S. is how some people are quick to pass their opinions and judgements on you.  You can’t live there, it is too small.  You can’t ride a bike to work it is too dangerous.  My career was too important to quit and travel Europe, I don’t understand you.  What did you do, win the lottery.  When are you getting a cell phone, you have to have a cell phone.  

After traveling and living, just the two of us, making our own decisions every day, it came as a shock to suddenly have people added in their opinions what we should do.  At first Jon and I both struggled with it.  Had we not just survived in 12 foreign countries?  Had we not made decisions that kept us safe every day?  And suddenly you realize it has nothing to do with you at all.  These people are just trying to make you fit in their box, so they feel comfortable.  The second realization is, no one could understand how we think now, unless they have been through something similar.  The solution…don’t be weighed down by what other people think.

Talk about a hard life lesson!  It is hard not to be weighed down by what other people think, because we are human.  It hurts when people judge us.  But life is too short to live according to other people’s rules!  We would miss out on so much in life, if we only did things based on what others thought.  Break through the stigmas, and opinions, and judgements.  LIVE your life!

Our life is different today, because of the great thinkers.  We found new lands when we challenged the earth being flat.  We discovered new ways of thinking when we challenged the earth being the center of the Universe.  At first these ideas were crazy, now we think you are crazy to still believe them.

To the single mom that rocks, the parents that won’t vaccinate, the same sex couple, the homeopaths, the interracial family, the nomadic traveler, the human rights activist, the stay-at-home dads, the believers in world peace…keep on keeping on.  Because maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not in our lifetimes, but some day the world will be a different place and how we live our lives outside the box of “normal” will change, because “normal” is constantly changing.  Love yourself and your soul enough to live the life you have imagined.

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