I am unrepentant inspiration junkie. The theme of Greatest American Hero is always on rotation on my iPhone. “Believe it or not Iiiiiiiiii’m walking on air… ” (I always loved that show. Just a normal guy who got a suit with some gifts he didn’t understand – he overcame his fear and made the most of it. Awesome.)
I have vision boards with pictures of what I want and words like “Inspire” and “Change Reality” all over my house.
I have a blue box with hundreds of motivational quotes that I painstakingly wrote on index cards from the time I was in middle school.
This is one of my favorite videos:
Some people I know make fun of me good-naturedly. They say it’s silly, they say that they are too jaded for such cheesy things to motivate or inspire them. They imply that I am perhaps a bit of a simpleton for deriving motivation and inspiration from Michael Bolton singing Go the Distance from Hercules. They may well be right and as usual I’m not saying anyone else has to crank up the Michael Bolton. So maybe I am kind of cheesy and simple when it comes to this.
I. Do. Not. Care.
We live in a world where we can get 386,170 negative messages about my body every year and so those of us who choose to love ourselves and our bodies, and those of us who want to let other people know that they can do the same if they choose not only have to actively reject every single one of those messages but then find the energy to shout new messages at the top of our voices.
For me – I want to stand on top of the mountain and see the view of a world that embraces bodies of all shapes and sizes and the beauty in every person, and I’m willing to fight for that.
You know how every 18 year old thinks they and their friends can change the world? Now that I’m 35 though…
…I’m absolutely CERTAIN we can. For me, I want to see who can I be, what difference can I make if I do everything that I possibly can.
The catch is that in order to do that we have to avoid buying into all those negative messages. We have to conquer fear after fear after fear. We have to fail spectacularly and not let our failures get us down. We can’t become jaded and bitter, no matter how many life experiences we have that make jaded and bitter seem like a reasonable things to be. We have to be honest and authentic and avoid settling, even when things are hardest and an easier, safer option seems like a good idea; and no matter how many people would find us less weird/obnoxious/cheesy/intimidating if we did. Maybe we’ll be cheesy simpletons, but we’ll be cheesy simpletons who are KICKING ASS!
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