Taking Responsibility

The life you want is attainable.

Every aspiration, every desire, dream, and goal you have is reachable.

You can let external factors (time, money, family, society, your own brain) convince you that your dream life is impossible. It is easy to do this! It allows you to feel less accountable when things “go wrong,” and you can remain mostly satisfied with your existence this way. And you will continue to have an inkling of curiosity, wondering what your life would be like if you had stepped up and took responsibility for it. 

It does not matter what you believe is holding you back. You have a choice in whether you give into it or let it go to create the life you actually want to live.

Money is not a limitation. Application is. Budgeting, fundraising, applying for a loan, asking for a raise, saving what you can, making small sacrifices to reach your bigger goal—It all takes effort, but it is by no means impossible. Are you willing to commit to it?

Inexperience is not a limitation. Dedication is. What are you doing to train yourself now? Are you avoiding it because you feel like it’s too late? Are you willing to worry less about expectations (from yourself and others) and more about your own personal growth?

Time is not a limitation. Prioritization is. Are you using your free time to hide and escape when you could be developing your gifts? Are you giving too much of your time to people and things you do not truly care about? Are you willing to make a change?

Other people are not a limitation. You are! You can only be influenced by others if you allow it. You get to decide how much your family, your friends, your coworkers, and society contribute to the way you live. Are you willing to disregard the opinions of others to pursue what you love? Can you drop the comparisons and ideals and set yourself free? Are you daring enough to create yourself?

Taking responsibility for your life is bravery in action. It is not always easy to step up and choose to be the creator of your life. It takes conscious practice, persistence, and forgiveness, over and over and over again. When you really look at it, the only person holding you back is you.

Are you taking responsibility?

Aubrey Klein