Once upon a time, in a town in California, there lived a woman called Jackie G.
My very good friend Jackie G. I could write thousands of words explaining why Jackie is awesome but for now you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Jackie’s always been supportive of me and my writing/media career and she’s always there for me in my times of need. One time Jackie sent me some gifts, a mug and paper-weight, which had such a touching message on them: “Write Your Own Story”.
I was so moved when I received these presents, as not only were they such a thoughtful gift, but that simple phrase printed on them had the most profound effect on me.
Now as a writer who loves to express his creativity, of course I’m gonna love a phrase such as that, but it goes so much deeper than that. I know I’m getting slightly philosophical here, but we have the power to shape our own paths in life and I believe it’s important that we do that.
I think it’s fair to say that I’ve always been a bit of an outgoing eccentric, but I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be any other way. Personally, I believe it’s better to stand out from the crowd and celebrate your individuality rather than be just another sheep amongst the flock.
In every step in life we should be doing things because we want to do them not because we’re expected to them. Always try to do things to the best of your ability and reach your highest potential. Shine brightly, follow your dreams and never hide your talents from the world.
Ultimately though, we should think of the legacy that we will one day leave behind. Does that legacy represent you well? Have you been true to yourself? If the answers to these questions are ‘Yes’ then it sounds to me like you have written your own story, a job well done I’d say.
-Ben L Maden
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