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There’s always hope. You just have to believe there is.

There are times when we find ourselves thinking constantly of all our worries and insecurities because it is our ‘default setting’ to believe that we are the centre of the everything. That everyone and every thing is against us and it is our mission to prove everybody wrong, all those that wronged us, doubted our abilities and did not believe in us. But in reality some people are in a far worse condition than us…poverty, debt, or hearing for the first time you have been diagnosed with cancer.

Sometimes you just need to get outside, soak in the sunshine and breath fresh air in and out for a while. Then remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be. In the words of Phillip Yancey, “I have learnt that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”

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“Do you fall in love often? Yes often. With a view, with a book, with a dog, a cat, with numbers, with friends, with complete strangers, with nothing at all.” — Jeanette Winterson (Gut Symmetries)

These days people are fixated with falling in love, but really it is the idea of falling in love that they are obsessed with. Words are powerful. If you learn to read between the lines, you’re not only encapsulated by the meaning within those words, but you also realise that they offer you new perspective. I love this quote because today I have realised that falling in love does not necessarily mean finding Mr. Right/’The One’/Tuxedo Mask/your ‘other half’ or whatever you wish to call them. Instead, falling in love, for me at least, means finding what it is your heart is searching for through the beauty hidden in this crazy world of ours. In my 21 years of existence, I have realised that I have fallen in love countless times, with not only people, but pets I’ve had through the years, beautifully crafted poetry, cute things, weird things, and most recently, myself.

A healthier me

At the beginning of the year, I told myself “2013 is my year!” I’m 21-years-old. This is a milestone in my life, and I want to remember it with bright colours and a smile. I want to remember it as one of the best years of my life. This year and for all the years of my life, I will be the best version of myself. I’m working towards a healthier, more fit, beautiful and radiant me.

I’ve never ran in a marathon. I used to be like the majority of the crowd, telling myself I’d rather spend my time doing other things, which usually turns into settling on taking in the persona of a couch potato. In a few months, I’ll be running in The Color Run™. This is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a colour crazy day with like-minded amazing people I like to call my friends. I’m pumped! This is a wonderful first step.

Yesterday, I took my first step training for this marathon. According to my Up band by Jawbone, which tracks my steps, I managed to run 4.68 km in 37 min! I felt really good after that run because it was such a struggle to get me in my running shoes and out the door in the first place. As usual, my mind has quite a crazy personality. It always over-analyses every thing! It leaves me in a stir a lot of the time, but I’m working on managing my thought forms and processes for the better. It’s important to channel out those repetitive unnecessary and unwanted thoughts that linger in the back of your mind. They only leave you obsessing over ‘nothing’, rather than focusing in on the present, on reality, which is what’s important. Be aware that these thoughts do not add value to your life, rather they instil fear of achieving greatness and prevent you from becoming the best version of yoursef. As the saying goes, you are your worst critic. My internal thoughts went something like this, “Gotta study. Should be studying. It’s getting dark outside. Maybe I won’t…no, just go! Just do it.”

In life, you just have to keep going. When my brain goes back to it’s default setting of over-analysing, I command my brain to stop by telling myself, “Just do it!” I’m improving with time. It’s ok to have a few slip ups. It’s always important to reset your expectations and remind yourself that you’re only human. Mistakes will happen, but what’s important is that you’ve learnt from those mistakes and that you get up, rising higher than you did before. Soar. Don’t be afraid. I hope today I’ve at least inspired one person in the blogging world to take on their fears full throttle. Let me know if that’s you! I’d love to hear from you.

Here’s a photo I took of my running trail with words I keep core to my soul:

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Yours truly, from a 21-year-old girl who believes that there’s hope for all of us. No one else will believe in you, unless you believe in yourself first.