If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...
If I could encourage humanity to do anything, it would be for each individual to always stay true to him or herself. Throughout my creative journey, I have learned that everyone may not understand or encourage your visions, but it is not up to them to do so.
I believe that each of us has been given a divine purpose. Once you realize what your talent or gift is, as well as what you feel you were created to achieve, hold on to that. It is your truth, a realization that no person can take away from you unless you give them the power to do so.
I have learned that everyone’s path is different. In life, you will only be truly happy if you do what you love and travel your own course instead of following someone’s blueprint for your life. In my works, I encourage women, especially young adults, to embrace the person they are and to never feel ashamed or embarrassed about anything they have been through.
Those very experiences are the elements that help to shape the person you are or the person you wish to become. Working through my own experiences, both personal and professional, I have been able to find my voice despite the many obstacles that have been presented to me, including being told that I would never make it.
Having realized my talent and being determined to be successful at it, despite the odds, I am now in a better position to exercise my voice and help others to realize that they too can succeed in whatever it is they strive for.
Over time, it has become clear to me that what matters most is that you live the life that makes you happy. The key to doing this is to remain true to you. So often we compare our lives to others and their standards, consequently measuring our success against theirs. This error causes us to sell ourselves short, diminishing our overall happiness as we try to obtain what someone else has or says we should have.
But, I’ve learned that success is relative. It is up to you to determine what you want or need in order to view yourself as successful on your own terms.
Once you accomplish realizing your purpose and your talents, creating your own path towards obtaining your goals, finding happiness and joy in what you do, and continue to remain focused on your vision, all other things will fall into place, be it wealth, stability, or whatever you personally define to be success.
But most importantly, you will then be better able to be a beacon of hope or a help aid to someone else whom your story or journey may inspire.