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Live life. Really, live it.

How do you cheat life? You focus on what you don’t have, instead of what you can give.

We’re hard-wired, even before birth, to create something bigger than who we are.

We need to be part of something that gives us a sense of belonging or significance.

Anything that will convince us that our existence is not inconsequential inspires us to invest our time and energy in its pursuit.

Time and energy is simply life.

Both are limited in supply, but so abundant, that we take it for granted until it is taken away without notice, by which time it’s too late to appreciate it.

Living with conviction and loving with sincerity is only possible when we have gratitude for who we are and what we are capable of creating in the lives of those around us.

Sadly, too often we hide behind masks and facades to protect ourselves from being hurt. That’s how we create the self-fulfilling prophecies that hurt us the most.

When we interact with those close to us from behind our masks, we not only deny them the true beauty of who we are, we also deny ourselves the beauty of their responses to the side of us that they otherwise would not have experienced.

In the same way, we deny ourselves the side of them that we believe to be true, but that they don’t feel safe enough to reveal to us.

And all this life is wasted out of fear of being true to ourselves because we fear being rejected or ridiculed.

In other words, we have yet to accept ourselves, but we hold others accountable for accepting us first.

That’s how conviction is abandoned, and love is lost.

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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