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The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.

Bhagavad Gita

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The path of least resistance is easily chosen. More often than not, it’s the default setting. Without thought, we accept society’s norms. We believe everything we’re told. We acquiesce to suffering and pain. We are led.

We are led to believe that this is just the way of it. This is all there is. Our youthful dreams of the beautiful contributions we wanted to share with the world are unattainable. Creativity is for someone else. Art is a hobby. Writing, music, sculpture and all the rest are meant for those more talented than you. Make a living, but do not live.

In addition to shattering our dreams, society shatters ourselves. Yet we bear it. We are not good enough, pretty/handsome enough, or thin enough. We do not have the best phones, homes, or cars. We will never be the best, always lesser-than.

In this world of never, we’ve become conditioned to capitulate. This is the thoughtless choice we make. If we don’t, if we choose to stand up, we risk alienation from those we thought were our closest allies. We become a threat to their way of thinking, their way of life.

Within this thoughtless choice lies the undercurrent of deception. It is dark and thick as molasses. It sucks us in and repeats the negative mantras like lullabies, cradling us in the darkness while we cry ourselves to sleep. What we don’t realize is that we’re already sleeping. We’ve been sleeping our entire lives.

Waking up is hard. Clawing our way through the blackness takes a strength that many of us have yet to tap into. The dark lullabies have a comfort that we’ve known forever. To fight against them is to fight against the society that raised us. I dare you.

Anything you set your mind to is possible. Be who you ARE. Do what you LOVE. Don’t take no for an answer.


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