Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other

Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality ? not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.
— Roy T. Bennett

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don?t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: It?s not where you take things from – it?s where you take them to.”

[MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, January 22, 2004 ]
— Jim Jarmusch

There are moments in each of our lives

There are moments in each of our lives when something greater?something Incontrovertible?steps in to help us realign with our truest lives and most authentic selves. This perceived crisis or trauma either shakes our world to its core or tears everything apart so that we are launched once again in the direction of our best lives, the most authentic expression of who we are each here to be.
— Panache Desai, You Are Enough: Revealing the Soul to Discover Your Power, Potential, and Possibility

What it means to be authentic: – to be

What it means to be authentic:
– to be more concerned with truth than opinions
– to be sincere and not pretend
– to be free from hypocrisy: “walk your talk”
– to know who you are and to be that person
– to not fear others seeing your vulnerabilities
– being confident to walk away from situations where you can’t be yourself
– being awake to your own feelings
– being free from others’ opinions of you
– accepting and loving yourself
— Sue Fitzmaurice

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