It doesn't have to be this way

It doesn’t have to be this way, getting so shackled in your thoughts. If only you could pay more attention to the feeling of the wind sweeping onto your skin, the gift of a sunrise, the look into the eyes of another soul you love, the tipsy belly laughs at 1 am or the first sip of your coffee in the morning.     

It doesn’t have to be this way, keeping your dreams locked up safely in your heart because that way they are sheltered from fear or regret. Growth is pleasant and uncomfortable, but did you know trees can grow through rocks? Flowers can grow through cracked pavements? Sound can travel fifteen times faster through steel?

It doesn’t have to be this way, silencing your heart’s truest desires. Your heart beats approximately 115, 200 times per day. Allow those desires to pulsate through your blood and rush through your body so fiercely you have no choice but to act on them. Share them. Honour them.

It doesn’t have to be this way, avoiding telling someone how you truly feel about them because you’re afraid of getting hurt or losing them. You will never fall in love if you aren’t prepared for your heart to get broken. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, strength will never grow without truth.  

It doesn’t have to be this way, living in the past because of the ache of regret or the comfort in old feelings familiar. Whether it feels good or not, it’s robbing you of your chance to be happy in this moment right now. Contentment begins with presence.

It doesn’t have to be this way, settling for something you don’t want. The reason why other people are doing what they love is because they decided not to choose mediocrely. They were ready for opinions to plummet around them. They knew they had to stop being important for someone else’s reasons.

It doesn’t have to be this way, the heavy forces of your problems pressing on your shoulders. They are just as iridescent as the colours you see in soap bubbles, butterfly wings and seashells - they change depending on the angle you look at them.

It doesn’t have to be this way, worrying about what other people think of you. If only you could shake it off because you know their thoughts are merely a projection of their fears. You’ve got enough of your own fears to deal with let alone those of others.

It doesn’t have to be this way, waiting for something or someone to make you happy. The rapture of your life doesn’t wait for the weekend, the perfect job, the right person or the right moment. It waits only for you to dive in and say yes right now.

It doesn’t have to be this way, overthinking and overanalysing everything. The sun will rise up every day for you to clench your fists and take a risk.

It doesn't have to be this way, the anxiety of making a choice. Every choice you make is the right one regardless of the outcome. Regardless of the mistakes. Regardless of the stuff ups.

It doesn't have to be this way.

It doesn't have to be this way.

It doesn't have to be this way.