Living Out Loud

Follow the rules or your heart?


There are times when we all have to make life decisions, most often having to do with our relationships, dreams, aspirations. The original definition of courage when it first came into the English language - from the Latin word cor, meaning heart - was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. So following your heart means to have the courage to do what you think is right.

Too many times in life people become followers and allow others to guide their lives. I believe people should do what they dream of doing with their lives. And if you make mistakes from following your heart it’s not always a bad thing. You learn from them, and then decide if you will repeat them again or change something about the way you did it.

You only have one life, so make the most of it. Do what you love and have a good time doing it. You’ve probably seen others follow their dreams, but you still doubt yourself. You look at other people living their lives and think that you would never be able to do that. They aren’t fearless, they just take things one day at a time, one step at a time and sometimes one hour at a time. You won’t always be right, but you will always be heading in the right direction, even when you feel like you’re not. Just try your best and feel good about it. Stop thinking about what you don’t have, instead be grateful for what you do have.

Right now make a list of things you want to do that will make you feel happy and put it where you will see it every day. Start learning to trust yourself, and overcoming the fear of failure, begin doing the things you put off instead of just watching chances pass you by. Follow your hopes for once instead of your fears.

Spend your time with people who make you happy, someone who pushes you when you need a push, maybe a shove…. Okay even a kick in the pants every now and then. Start thinking positive and living positive.

This time will never come again, so live it and take a deep breath, smile, and choose without fear. Pray, forgive yourself, appreciate others and allow yourself to love generously. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.”- Gerard Way