This is what I want for you: I want you to banish "I don't care" from your vocabulary. I want you to give a shit.
I want you to give the mightiest of shits.
I want you to care so much that you sing even though your voice cracks.
That you hit send even though your hands shake.
That you stand up and speak out and let yourself be heard even if you opinion is an unpopular one. Even if there’s no one else on your side.
Even if there is only one or two or three people in the audience.
I want you to find that thing that you care about so much that nothing can stop you.
That you become relentless in your pursuit of excellence.
That, while you might adjust your course along the way, you never get off the track, resting when you need to, but you never step off. You never throw in the towel. You never give up on what you can create for yourself. For your life. For the world.
I want you to give a shit because those things that fire you up are bigger than you, bigger than us. They’re meant for the world.
People need you. They need your gifts. They need your voice. And your perspective. And all of the things you have to offer.
And sometimes those closest to us or those we’ve chosen to spend our time with can’t see this. They can’t see our gifts, they don’t know how much the world needs us. Or maybe they’re threatened by what we have to offer and so we make ourselves small so as not to outshine them.
I want you to give such a shit that you let go of those relationships that aren’t serving you to find the ones that will. That you say no more to quieting yourself so that others who choose to stay small can also stay comfortable.
It doesn't always feel easy. Or polite. Or like the thing that's going to get you an A+ from the teacher. But I want you do to it anyway.
Because the world needs you. Because we are all waiting, with bated breath, to see what happens when you finally let yourself shine.
**graphics by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching