“We play the game with determination,
We don’t give a damn ‘bout our reputation,
It’s not a game, it’s a revelation,
Step inside the real world.”#
The real world…yeah, the real world. What is that? Something different to everyone. Embrace life. Take a step back. Take time, it’s yours. No regrets. Growth. Be who you are, what you are, whenever you want to be. The world belongs to you.
Their view of you may not be correct. Does it matter? Who matters? You. You have every opportunity to succeed. Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure helps to create you, to form who you are and who you will become.
Take a chance. Talk, listen, cry. You know how to laugh. Make a fool of yourself. Experience. Experience every possible thing. Risks make life exciting. Be excitable. Let go. Kiss. Kissing is wonderful. Do wonderful things. You, yourself, are wonderful. Have faith in that.
Believe. Belief is powerful. Be strong, independent, live the life you like. Enjoy the highs, appreciate the lows…they are humbling. Forgive, forget. Live, learn. Learn about you. Be aware. Be positive, be hopeful. To love and be truly loved is amazing. It’s honest. Always crave honesty and find connection. Search for passion. It’s real, raw.
Live fast. Refuse to die young. Change the world. You can change things for the better. You were born to make a difference. Be open to change and evolution. Accept. Reach out. Touch lives, let others touch your life. Ask questions, hear the answers. Be tolerant of diversity. Everyone is different.
No one is perfect. Everyone has faults. Your perfection lies in your imperfections. Live for the moment, but anticipate a future. A good one. You deserve it.
Work very hard. Don’t stop. Admit weaknesses…your strengths speak for themselves. Be absolute. We are all absolute. Don’t run for cover, never hide your feelings. Emotions are meant to be seen, heard, felt. Let them be. You are human after all.
Be yourself, no matter the consequence. Yes, there could be consequences. Never be afraid of your truths. They are yours, no one else’s. Swallow your pride, but make sure it is still intact when you’re done. Express yourself, no one will do it for you. They would never be able to. Don’t allow yourself to be defined by others. Never be circumstantial. Make your own decisions for your own reasons.
Be gentle, strong. Keep a promise. Conquer a fear. Falter. Balance. Never be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes teach you, let yourself learn from them. Be grateful. Be real.
Live by gut and intuition. Believe in your ability to do anything. You can do anything. Use your gifts. Yes, you have gifts. Set your mind to achieve. You have the power to be whatever it is you desire. Never give up.
Don’t let others destroy who you are and what you believe. Never let them bring or break you down. You are everything, let yourself be. Live to your potential. You do have potential. Be you. Don’t be afraid. Have faith.
So I'm talking connection. Validation. Passion. For who you are and what you do. I'm looking for a sort of breakthrough to a new era, if you will. Basing an opinion on gender, religion, beliefs, lifestyle, familial status, orientation, income, location...this should not be allowed to happen. How does my view of who I am affect anyone else?
Can we bring about a change? Can we find a new way of expression through non-violence? Can we start a revolution?
You tell me.
What the story is with the rest of you, I do not know, but I for one am sick of downfall that has become society. Hopefully, I am not alone in this. There is no actual need for discrimination. For the obvious downward spiral.
If someone is/believes/does something that you do not agree with, tell them. Be civilized. Name-calling, extreme put downs, asinine comments, they are completely unnecessary. Leave your baggage outside. No person should be made another's punching bag.
If you agree, join me. Maybe we can make some sort of difference through the singular power of an open mind and the want of change.
#Alanis -- Now Is the Time -- “Real World” -- 1992 -- MCA Canada