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Love is the fuel for life. When we feel love, we feel ALIVE.

Love from external sources is unreliable and inconsistent. It feels good and makes you feel validated but you cannot depend on it.

Intrinsic love, love that comes from within, is unlimited and abundant.

You don’t have to ask anyone for permission and you don’t have to do anything special for the right to dip into this unlimited pool.

This love is universal, it permeates everything and everyone.

This love is unconditional and consistent.

All you need to do in order to feel love consistently is look inside yourself, find that love, and take in as much as you need. …

“The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.” — Neale Donald Walsh

I owe my life to poverty

A few months before my birthday my mom was in the hospital with a hospital gown on ready to have an abortion.

The doctor told her that they would have to do a different procedure which would cost more than what she had originally expected.

That’s when she decided to keep me.

Not because she had a change of heart.

Not because she felt regret.

I am alive right now because my mom was too poor to afford the $200 life chaining procedure.

If I were to go back in time and tell my mom to be grateful that she is a poor teenage daughter of migrant workers who can’t afford a $200 procedure, she would likely think I’m crazy. …

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Shigeru Miyamoto — Mario Maker

“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.” — Tony Gaskins

Since I was very young, I’ve had a huge love for video games. Not just playing them but also creating them. I always wanted to be a game designer.

Since elementary school, I’ve been designing video games and in high school I tried teaching myself to code so I could become a game developer. I struggled to learn and gave up on my dream in exchange for a “real job”.

After years I finally decided to chase my dream. I taught myself how to code and made a few games on my own. Game development is now a hobby that I practice in my free time. I’m not the big-time professional Game Developer I wanted to be, but I’m happy to be living my dreams through my hobby. …

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“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.”-Erik Erikson

I used to identify myself as someone who was illiterate, didn’t fit in and had a learning disability. Now I identify as a self-taught polymath who reads every day and can fit into almost any social group. I’m going to tell you how I made that shift so you don’t have to waste years believing in a self-identity that does not serve you.

Creating My Identity

I’ve never been good at school. When I started kindergarten I didn’t speak English. I remember walking to school on my first day with my Grandma, I begged her not to make me go but it was no use. Frustrated and knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to get out of it, I told her “You’re wasting your time taking me. …

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So often we move through life automatically. Our habits get so ingrained in our personality that even when we try to change or improve a situation in our life, we do it in a way that matches our old habitual ways of thinking and feeling. We’re on a path that was set in motion a long time ago by our family, our culture, our friends and our environment.

We have dreams and desires but we hardly ever stop to ask where those dreams came from. …

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The hero and the coward both feel the same thing…

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” — Jack Canfield”

Most people die wishing they pursued more of their dreams and aspirations. Fear is the biggest thing holding people back from doing this. Fear of failure, fear of what others will think, fear being judged.

Fear is the great filter. Fear is meant to help us survive and to protect us from the unknown. We fear the unknown because what we don’t know could kill us. But what does not kill us also makes us stronger.

When we dance with fear we learn more about ourselves, we learn what we are capable of and what we need more strength in order to overcome. Fear is the compass to what we truly want because most often what we truly want is that same thing that fear is protecting us from. …


Hugo Vasquez

Designer— Dad — Dedicated to growing and learning from all of the mistakes I make each day.

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