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The Cages We Live In

I spent so much time caged in the expectations of others, whether that was my family, friends, or society as a whole. We've all been raised to follow the rules and not question why things are the way they are. Some of us break free from this mindset, only to run a few feet and encounter a new cage. Even now, when I do something new, there's an imaginary conversation happening in my head justifying my decisions to an invisible audience of critics. These aren't people I know, just old, and stale voices that remain in my head, telling me that I have to explain my decisions. We don't have to explain shit to anybody anymore. As Dr. Seuss said,...

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Get Better, Not Bitter

  I get jealous. Going on social media will always give me an excuse to feel jealous of something. Maybe it's someone's beach body, or the fact that they're hanging with their family, or the fact that they don't look like they have any lower back pain. I got jealous when @iisuperwomanii got to sit down and chat with Bill Gates. I'm jealous I missed @scarbrothedawgs birthday party. Jealousy is simply hate and love mixed in a pot; you love what others have, but hate that you don't have it as well. I'm able to admit when I'm jealous and aim to do something about it, rather than simply stew in self-pity. The old me would become Humble The Hater, and make excuses as...

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Get to know yourself

  I've compromised myself many times to avoid being alone. The idea of being alone isn't the issue, it's the loneliness that comes with it. Sometimes, all we want to be is alone, and then it's not loneliness we feel, it's peace and solitude. So what's the difference? It's our relationship with ourselves. When we enjoy our own company, ideas of loneliness creep up much less. We've also further isolated ourselves with this pretend world of social media. It has us bombarding ourselves with images of other people but does little to actually connect us with them, making us feel even more alone. Instead of avoiding being by ourselves, we should schedule it in. This doesn't mean we have to...

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Happy New Year!

  Make a list of all the people you want around you in the year 2019. Write it down (no actually write it down, don't be lazy). Now go through that list and send everyone a message and make an active PLAN to see them (if you don't schedule it, it doesn't count). If they live in a different part of the world, then schedule a call. Relationships are very, if not the most, important thing we have on this journey called life, and neglecting those relationships can be the cause of many of our other challenges. We deal with those challenges in many ways, and often those ways can be unhealthy. The opposite of addiction isn't sobriety, it's connection,...

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Stop Comparing

    My man @jayshetty put it perfectly, "stop identifying the gaps in your life in relation to who's in the room." As humans, we're constantly judging ourselves based on who's around us. Ever notice that when you're around a very fit person, the voice in your head starts to talk about joining the gym? It's good to improve our situations, but we can't do everything at once and start new things just because we met someone who has what we want. That's why social media is so dangerous, it constantly has us comparing our normal ass lives with the highlight reels of others, forgetting that they too, have normal ass lives. Even when I'm jet-setting around the world, getting...

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