This Beautiful Life

Beauty is in everything, even when we feel lost and full of fear.

Linden Melvin
Jan 30, 2020 · 3 min read
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Always be fascinated. Dive into every experience fearlessly and free of worry. Believe that you are destined for something more and explore the limits of the walls you and society have constructed unconsciously.

This world is grand, overflowing with potential, inspiration, and beauty. Our fortune as endless as the promise of the cookies that contain them. Our luck is finer than a rigged, all-in roulette wheel. We are free to live the adventure that beckons. The world is not simply our oyster, it is an endless bounty of crustaceans from which we may gleefully forage.

Life is a banquet; feast.

Possibility exists in every corner of life. We can do anything. The only limit is the one we have decided upon for ourselves. “I am not an artist.” “I am bad at math.” “I am a terrible cook.”

“I am…”

We assess ourselves harshly, believing it will keep us safe. We convince ourselves that by never trying in the first place, we cannot possibly fail. We have been trained to avoid failure, because failure is weakness. Failure is bad. Failure is unacceptable.

What if the teachings were wrong? What if the idea we were brainwashed to believe is the only thing we truly need to avoid?

Failure is not weakness. Failure is vulnerability.

Failure is realizing that you are imperfect and that you are limited. Initially, this realization seems terrifying. But once we understand that the only way we can ever grow is to take a first, unknowing, uninformed, confused, terrified step, then we can begin our journey toward endless transformation, unlocking our unlimited potential.

We look at others and believe that they must have all the answers. Somehow, others always know more than we could ever know. The secret club of knowing is packed full of the people that surround us, and we never received an invitation. We are outsiders to all that’s known and we spend each day hoping those with all the answers will throw us some scraps to keep us alive.

The same fear that holds us back lives within all other people. The people that we put on a pedestal are just as fallible, afraid, and lost as we are. The more another person appears to have everything figured out, the more lost that person likely is.

The massive world that we inhabit is full of knowledge. An almost unlimited amount of knowledge. No one can possibly have all the answers. Believing someone else has all the answers is a path toward self-destruction. Everyone is lost. Everyone is trying to figure things out, just like you.

Take solace in knowing that you are not alone on your journey and understand that being lost is the most found most of us can ever hope to be.

We humans were given the gift of emotion. We are able to feel; everything from the simple to the complex. We are surrounded by a world that forces us to feel each day. In a single day we might feel nervous, excited, happy, sad, worried, afraid, ambitious, depressed, elated, defeated, apathetic; we are capable of unparalleled emotional breadth. The experience of these emotions are what unlock the beauty of the life we have been given.

Be present each moment and let the experience of feeling be your guiding light. Even the feelings that are not pleasant have lessons to teach. The beauty of emotion is infinite, for those willing to leap into infinity.

Each moment is an opportunity to understand yourself and the world around you more fully. Each day is a chance to experience the unknown fearlessly and openly. You are the charter of your own path and the chooser of your own adventure. Live a life that you admire. Explore what makes you afraid and help others you find, lost, along the way. Let each beat of your heart fill you with a deeper understanding of how you feel.

Let the light of the infinite beauty that surrounds us each day illuminate your path.

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