“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
~ Marianne Williamson
We live in the age of noise. It is hard to be heard when even the noblest of your thoughts drown in the cacophony of opinions. Charles Bukowski once said: “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” So true. I miss the times when not being famous at all was considered way cooler than being famous for something moronic.
In the last section of this chapter, I want to meditate on the question you might have been asking yourself:
What do I do with this unfulfilled desire to be heard?
This book is my voice. As I write it, I hope it will find its way to you: my reader, a person who would be interested in listening to what I have to say. Maybe you have been waiting for the words written here for years but you might not have allowed yourself to put your trust in them when they come from a complete stranger. What you read here is my soul on the paper. Every day I bleed through my fingertips. I don’t know if any of this is good, that is not for me to decide. The only thing I know is that I can’t hold back my voice any longer. I want to ask you:
“Have you been holding your voice too?”
If your answer is “yes”, then don’t. Start moving, start sharing, create value.
Maybe you are an artist, a musician, an entrepreneur. Maybe you are a student or teacher or both. Regardless of what you do with your life, you are a storyteller. Think about a medium, shape and form your story could take up. Share your gifts and talents with the world, share your passion and dedication. Inspire others by your commitment to your craft.
One of the reasons why this book was born is that in my teen years I started to realize that the system that humanity has created is based on the principles that are inherently erroneous. Whether the flaws of the system are accidental or they were deliberately incorporated as a part of the design is a question for another day. The point is that ultimately the system is not good or bad. It has its shortcomings but it also has its undoubted successes. At the end of the day, it is what it is. I am here not to remind the world that it is sick and troubled. I am here to remind it that it can be beautiful and free.
We will excel as a human race if every single one of us strives to develop higher consciousness. We must all adopt a mindset of collective responsibility for the manifestation of our common physical reality here on Earth.
It may seem to you that in the grand scheme of things your existence is insignificant and unimportant. That is not true. The life of every living being serves its purpose speaking for the purposefulness of nature. But the human being is chosen to stand above all marked by a precious gift — the gift of free will, free will to choose its own purpose.
The purpose of being the best of yourself uncovers an ability to give the best of yourself, which in turn unveils the existence of a master plan for you. You do matter. The purity of the drop does define the nature of the whole ocean. Furthermore, even the smallest drop creates ripples.
Now, what is your message to this world?
Do you speak through art to impel the sense of beauty in others? Do you compose music to touch the strings of something infinite within us? Is your message enclosed in writing that is intended to inspire? Or maybe you are hammering out a solution to one of the world’s biggest problems? Whatever it is, the valuable work you produce deserves to be recognized.
“You don’t need a loud voice to be heard. All you need is something worthwhile to say.”
You don’t have to be inside the top 1% of your industry to make a tangible impact. You just have to aspire to be good. Save one soul in a desperate cry for help. Sometimes something as little as a couple of words is enough to initiate the transformation. Right words provoke the right thoughts; the right thoughts have the potential to change the entire life overnight.
Change yourself first.
You can’t extinguish someone’s anger while losing control over your own emotions. You can’t speak with confidence about important things in life while not being completely honest with yourself. You can’t preach self-discipline sinking in sloth. Get over your own weakness, defeat your own demons, eradicate your own idiocy, change yourself, and share the story of how you did it. Become 10X better than before and show that it is possible. That is the only way to change others.
No matter what someone might tell you, people do change. My respect for people who embody this statement is only equaled by my admiration for the strength it took them to endure adversities. Life happens fast. I look back at my past self and it seems as if all those hurdles had happened to someone else. I know for a fact if I was able to change and make some sense out of my life, so can you. And when you do, find your voice and tell the world your story — people will listen, people will follow.
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh
There will be moments of disbelief, the moments when you’ll think that you are not legit, not genuine enough, the moments when you’ll think that your voice has no value. That’s simply not true. As long as your intention is to share good vibes and put a smile on someone’s face, as long as you intend to help, inspire and empower others, as long as you act with an open heart moved by a selfless urge to make this world a better place — you are not a faker.
Doubts are good. Having them is a good sign. Only idiots are 100% confident in their self-righteousness. To be blunt, I ask you to doubt. I implore you to question everything you’ve read in this book. What worked for me is not a panacea, only a toolbox of mindsets. Use the tools you find helpful to fix “the leaks in your dome”, share them with someone who is like I was in the past: blind, struggling, suffocating. Don’t leave them hanging. Give yourself a voice and make a difference.
Be daring. Speak up.
Thank you for reading my book “Meditations of the Millennial”.
If you want to support me on my mission, please, share this book with someone you love. Maybe they will find what they seek on its pages.