Photo Diary: August

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It takes courage to choose what is right over a shortcut to happiness. A person very close to my heart said: "Don't worry about the complications. Just do what makes you happy." I retaliated with a question: "How's that working out for you, so far?" He said: "Regrets. But I've never missed a reason to smile." Simply put, he was telling me to YOLO.

I hate how our mine-now culture has taken a grain of truth (we do only live once) and turned it into an excuse for recklessness.  Now, I have had my fair share of bad decisions. I know first-hand what he was talking about. I had lived on a whim, not caring about the consequences, actually letting out "I don't care" one too many times. I was averse to any kind of restraint, even if it was for my own good. I thought reckless and fearless meant the same thing. Boy, was I wrong.

You have to be brave to say no to compromise. You can't be shortsighted if you want something enough. I can wait, no matter how long it takes. I can wait for the right place and time, for the opportunity to do it the right way, to become the right person for it and to be with the right person for it. What are momentary things in the grand scheme of things? I think I'll pass up on the regrets.


It takes courage to accept that even with the best intentions and efforts, there are things I can't change. Some only need to fail once to give up completely. I don't want to be part of that some. I want to still be doing the best I can for other people, even if my efforts can only go so far. Bearing in mind, of course, that I'm not cut out to be anyone's savior. I can't change people, I can only love them.


It takes courage to just keep showing up. I am in a state of great discontent with my life. I don't feel like I'm doing my best at work and while my relationships are fine, they could be stronger. I haven't written anything of even the littlest significance lately, and my faith feels a little worn out. But I still show up every damn day, holding on to the hope that one day…that big idea, that grand inspiration, that peace, that strength, that "happily ever after", that truth, that togetherness, that mountain-moving seed will finally show up for me.

This is love: to show up, and keep showing up.

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