From an early age I’ve been interested in both the arts and the sciences. At the age of twelve I was convinced that I was destined to be a scientist.
A year later, a new teacher arrived at the school and inspired me to study languages instead.
That’s what happens sometimes – you’re trundling along in life, thinking you’ve got everything sorted, and then someone comes along and challenges your beliefs about yourself and helps you to realise you’re actually someone totally different, only nobody had noticed before.
I really love it when that happens, because it raises your game to an entirely new level that you couldn’t have imagined before.
And even if it’s a little scary at first, you gradually take it in your stride and surpass the expectations of everyone around you, including yourself. I think the key is to always be curious and to question the things around you.
If you accept that life is the way it is, and can’t be changed, then you will be right.
However, if you’re always on the look-out for new ideas and new experiences, if you simply notice what’s happening around you and how it makes you feel, you stand a chance of growing into yourself and extending beyond the limits which you currently define for yourself.
That might seem an odd concept – growing into and extending beyond yourself – and yet, by growing into who you really are, you are in effect breaking down the barriers which keep you confined to being who you have always been.
Like a butterfly, you can break free of the cocoon which has protected you and enabled you to develop up to now, and which now must be discarded so that you can show off your brilliant colours and be glorious.
It’s your time. It has always been your time and will always be your time. All that’s required is for you to be curious and to live your life as beautifully and creatively as you know how.
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