When my older brother was in his teens, one of the bigger kids at school approached him and a few others and offered them cigarettes.
All of the kids nervously accepted the offer. When it was my brothers turn, he declined. Upon seeing his bravery, the other kids gave back their cigarettes and expressed their disinterest as well.
Those kids never wanted to smoke. They just wanted to fit in. The act of smoking was simply a means to an end. Once they were presented with an alternative option that promised to meet the same goal, they quickly opted for it.
This is not a PSA about the dangers of smoking. It’s a post on how people of all ages accept what’s offered to them, even if it doesn’t make them happy, simply because someone with a little confidence presents it as if it were the premium choice.
If you’re reading this blog, you probably know better. You’re probably one of the people who chooses to rebel against the status quo in pursuit of creative freedom and spiritual fulfillment.
The chances are probably decent that you don’t need anyone to tell you to ignore the crowd and live from your heart. You don’t need anyone to tell you to relentlessly trust your own convictions while skeptically scrutinizing any form of external guidance.
So, here’s the only thing I wish to inform (or remind) you of;
You have an audience whether you know it or not. Even if they don’t take the time to tell you that they’re reading you, watching you, listening to you, etc. They are silently and secretly observing your journey to see if this Self-Authenticity stuff truly works.
Each time you smile, each time you choose to walk the high road, each time you choose to look at the sunny side, each time you say “no” to mediocrity and “yes” to possibility, each time you express belief in yourself, each time you show appreciation for something positive, each time you demonstrate compassion towards another, each time you bounce back from a difficulty, you’re giving someone out there the one excuse they need to take a chance on that still small voice that’s probably been calling them, for God knows how long, to live a life that matters.
So keep up the good work. Somebody is thankful for you. I speak on their behalf.