“You are born and then you die, but in between you can do anything you want. It’s society that creates rules for us, but you can break out of that,” Zola Jesus. We spoke about learning to swim and not half-assing the effort on Saturday. Aside from the possibly played out metaphor on oceans, the point stands that people will always give you reasons to NOT do what you want to. When we forget our personal power we are far easier to control. We are malleable and we will conform to the group for the sake of acceptance rather than stand out for the sake of our soul. Some people are able to keep that inner voice quiet, the one that tells us there is more to the story than what we are “allowed” to do. But when we stifle that voice a little part of us dies.
The human machine is incredibly powerful. We have a mind that is capable of seeing the potential in raw materials around us and then executing it and making a vision reality. Taking the chance to do what we really want means separating from the herd. While we are safer in numbers (in some cases) the reward is in learning to be self-sufficient. I’m not suggesting we are better off alone—I’m saying that we are capable of far more than we think and we won’t learn to build that trust in ourselves if we don’t step away from what we are told to do.
We are given a glorious opportunity to create and make life better and to have fun and experience joy when we are granted life. Especially in this day and age. We may not see it because of how things have gone the last few years, but the truth is THIS is the golden opportunity. Systems aren’t meant to run forever. We create something that runs like a machine, designed to keep us all on the same track but we soon learn that it doesn’t work for everyone. We’ve been trained to internalize it, to believe that we are wrong if we aren’t able to keep up with what we are told to want, to believe wanting something different is wrong. We are NOT wrong—and the last few years are the evidence that the system isn’t working for many of us any more. Nothing is wrong with us: our systems are failing.
Right now we have the opportunity to create something else. We have the chance to step into our personal power and create something new. It doesn’t have to be anything life-altering—it just has to be real. I’ve said it before that the more people see you doing what is right for you and thriving in your own skin, the easier it will be for them to do the same. It’s so simple yet so complex. We aren’t meant to live in a box when we have the whole world to explore. Not only that but we were given the tools to advance even further. And the timing just so happens to allow us to go get any of the raw materials we need. There is no reason to not take advantage of it.
There’s a saying that says something along the lines of asking for a cake but we get mad when we are handed eggs, flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla. We think we aren’t getting what we want because we are taught that the end result is the goal and not how to work with the materials. We are also taught that if the cake we make looks different from our neighbors that it’s somehow wrong. We forget that sometimes someone can build a gorgeous masterpiece of a cake but it will taste like crap. It doesn’t matter what it looks like if it isn’t functional. So take the chance and do what you want. It won’t be pretty at first, but it will get you closer to what you want.