You only have one life to live. 

You only have this day today. 

You only have right now.

You make it as it happens. 

No other forces can dictate on you. Yes, you may react to outside elements, but what you do is still on you. You alone are responsible for you. You alone know what to do, what to feel, what to think. External elements — your upbringing, your DNA, your faith, your hopes, dreams, motivations and aspirations — may be factored in. Scratch that: THEY MUST BE FACTORED IN. 

Because at the end of the day, you will have to face up to what you have done, and what you didn’t do. You will go through the consequences of all your decisions. You have someone with you, but it’ll still be you — on your own — who will have to deal with how it will affect your future.

So breathe in. Inhale. Take it all in. The now. Plan as much as you can. Pray as hard as you can.

Then push on. Exhale. Strive for variety. Strive for novelty. Strive for adventure. Be flexible. Be resilient. Be forgiving.

Learn from every moment, every mistake. Love. Live.

I know you can do it.

Believe that you can too.

Stuff I tell myself to remind myself that there is so much beauty in all the possibilities out there.

Stuff I hope to impart to my students and future children.

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