I’ve always known I was an artist.

From the moment I learned that I could hold a waxy colored object in my hand and touch it to another object to produce a line, I was completely hooked.

Even before I was born, my parents read to me while I was in the womb.

I guess, in a sense, you could say that I was destined to be a creator.

It truly blows my mind that we can plop letters down next each other to create words, and that we can use those words in an infinite amount of ways to develop stories, poems, thoughts, dreams – I mean, the list goes on and on.

My sister recently got a job in San Francisco working as an Assistant Merchandiser for Dockers under Levis Strauss Co. Her first day on the job, the company had a full day set up with motivational speakers and meetings with other corporate clients. At the end of the day, the company asked the team to pick their favorite part of the day – unanimously, everybody picked a speaker by the name of Elle Luna.

My sister couldn’t stop raving about her.

“She’s only thirty-something. She’s an artist, she works for start-ups. She’s amazing.”

Everyone in the company received a copy of Miss Luna’s book, which was fortunate for me, as I am always so intrigued by people who give motivational speeches and what, exactly, makes them tick.

Needless to say, I devoured her book.

Truly, honestly, if you never ever pick up another book in your entire life, I encourage you to read this one.

I would force you, but that would prove slightly difficult.

It’s called “The Crossroads of Should and Must – Find and Follow Your Passion.”

Seriously. Read the fucking book.

Not for anything, but it makes you feel less alone in the world.

We are all afraid to take chances in life. We are all afraid to follow our dreams. We are not alone in the daily fears that haunt us and keep us from taking that leap of faith.

More and more in my life I am discovering who I am as a person and why I was put on this earth. And I love myself more and more because of it every day.

I’ve always wanted to help people and encourage people. I love to see my friends and family do well. I do experience jealousy, but not hateful jealousy. An envious jealousy that lights a hope in me that someday I will have what they have. And something I am learning is that dreams don’t just fall into your lap. You have to push yourself to make them happen. And they will happen. They will.

The thing I love most about the book is the message that the author continually stresses to the reader – it is never, NEVER too late to follow your dreams and to find out who you are. And it’s okay to need to work a job that perhaps you don’t love, as long as you do pursue your passions. As long as you make time for yourself and the things that you love.

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi

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