Red Oak Renaissance

Do What You Want To Do

The biggest reoccurring theme in my life is that I strive to be different; being normal has never been appealing to me.
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The biggest reoccurring theme in my life is that I strive to be different; being normal has never been appealing to me. It’s important that we have individuals in our world who are willing to step outside-of-the-box and experience life from within a self-defined set of parameters (as long as they don’t infringe on anyone’s natural rights); this gives us the chance to view reality from a different perspective; to critique, to inspire, and to improve upon our standard ways-of-life.

MaidentripFor instance, I wanted to quickly review a documentary I watched the other night about a 14-year-old Dutch girl who sailed around the world alone; the film is called Maidentrip and you can find it on Netflix. I thought this was a beautiful documentary for several reasons:

  1. Because it shows that young people don’t have to be limited by their age. I hold the belief that childhood is being artificially extended for marketing/psychological purposes. Laura demonstrates that with passion, anyone can do anything, especially at whatever age.
  2. It’s incredible how brave this young girl is. Granted, she was born on a sailboat and has grown-up around water her whole life. It would be a struggle for myself, who has always been land-locked, to be able to travel the sea.
  3. I love how you can watch her sense of independence grow, and her understanding of the self.
  4. Lastly, this documentary inspires me to do whatever it is that I want to do.

In a lifetime, there will always be at least one moment where there’s something we have wanted to do, but have decided against it. Usually it’s either because we’re afraid, or we want to please someone else (sure, there could be many other reasons as well). One instance might be you wanted to pursue a particular major in college, but your parents wanted something else.

Currently, I’m battling myself because there are certain goals I would like to achieve, but I’m limiting myself from being able to succeed. I have some bizarre artistic ideas I want to pursue; to live a different kind of lifestyle; to show the world around me that you can be different; that if you put your mind to something you can achieve it.

We only live once. Why not do the things we want to do; especially while we’re still young and ambitious. In years to come we’ll look back and question ourselves, “why didn’t I do this?” “Why didn’t I do that?” “I could have done anything I wanted to…”

Why let others limit ourselves? Why let society limit ourselves? Why let ourselves limit ourselves?

Let’s achieve greatness.

We can do anything we want to do.

 

Photo by Oscar Cortez

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