Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten”
~ Natasha Bedingfield

today is where your book beginsSo often, we believe that our future depends on our past – on our upbringing, on our education, on the opportunities we’ve had, and on the choices we’ve made.

But all of those things have merely served to bring us to where we are now. Depending on our choices, every moment of every day can represent a new beginning.

In the same way that the performance of the stock market in the past doesn’t determine its performance in the future – so too, our future can be different from our past. I find this concept liberating.

In re-shaping our future, though, it’s important to remember not to throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. It might be tempting, for example, to ignore the bad things – the challenges, the tough times – in favour of the times when you were happiest.

But it’s the tough times that shape us more effectively than the happy times. Waves crashing against a cliff will eventually sculpt out a shape – one which the sun’s rays can admire but could never achieve itself.

Life isn’t a spectator sport. And yet I feel as though I have been an onlooker for much of my life – afraid to fully experience the moment, in case… In case what? I have no idea. In case things got out of hand, perhaps? In case I enjoyed myself too much? In case I never had the opportunity again?

I have always tried to avoid pain. I’ve blocked it from my consciousness, believing that, by doing so, I can prevent its existence. But I’ve started to realise that we need to fully experience pain in order to know when we’re not in pain. We need to experience sadness, to know when we’re truly happy.

Living your life with arms wide open is about not being an onlooker. It means being open to any kind of experience, good or bad, and learning from it. And if you don’t like a particular experience, you can choose not to repeat it.

You can start the day over, and re-write your future at a moment’s notice.


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Today’s post was inspired by Natasha Bedingfield’s song “Unwritten”.

“Unwritten” – Natasha Bedingfield

I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips

Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines
We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can’t live that way

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips

Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips

Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips

Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips

Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

2 thoughts on “Unwritten

  1. This is truly wonderful Julia and I am so glad you chose to share the video and words of this song. I bought this album when it came out a few years ago for this song alone – I love the lyrics. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Julia Barnickle

    Thanks Marie – I’m glad you enjoyed the video and lyrics. I think there are so many inspiring songs around, and this is definitely one of them.

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