It’s on you.


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It’s on you.

That is where it starts. That is where it ends.

It’s on you and what you want, and how hard you are willing to hustle, and how relentless you are going to be when they tell you to give up. 

Because people will tell you to give up.

They’ll look at you with crooked faces. They won’t understand your drive. And they are going to look to bring you down because they don’t know any better. They haven’t had the guts to go for it themselves and so they will try to tell you no. Impossible. Not worth the time.

Forget them. In the nicest, sweetest way possible, forget them and all the little barriers and boundaries they try to place on this life of yours.

 

Wake up. It’s your life.

You owned it yesterday. You gleaned the freedom today. Stop acting like the world runs you. Like the magazines run you. Like all of the folks who never perked their ears to really listen to you have a say in what you are going to do with these footsteps of yours.

It’s yours. You’re free.  Are you gonna start running towards it?

 

Don’t wait. Don’t stand in the corner waiting for the direction to reveal itself. Just. Start. Sprinting.  Peace will flood in when it’s right. But you have to move to find the peace. Peace comes through footsteps, I promise.

Think about what stopped you yesterday. Who was that person? What were they afraid of? And why did they govern you for so long? You’ve got one chance. You’ve got one shot. The world won’t cry if you never use it. It’s on you. Don’t make the universe regret you.

 

Look around. Forget “the box.”

Forget what you “think” the world is all about. Forget this, forget that. Forget the status update. Forget the selfie.

Here is what the world is really all about: Humility. People. People helping other people. People trying to make this hard thing, this impossible thing, more graceful for others. That is where the joy is. That is where the peace is. That is the beauty of every thread of life: we were never designed to go this thing alone. We were born with spaces in our fingers and you were born to go out and find the ones who fits in your spaces Oh So Well. 

Strive to do good. Strive to be the best version of yourself. Reflect. Learn from the Yesterday that made you feel weak. Stop letting people bend and break your heart. Play the music louder. Scream if you need to. Walk away from that toxic person who never had your goodness at the forefront of their mind. Walk away. Your goodness will be at the forefront of any mind that loves you fiercely, boldly, with no sense of tomorrow. You deserve that. The best of it.  You’ve got to learn to want that for yourself.

Learn to stand in front of the mirror without cringing. Throw off the chains of your secrets; don’t let them prison up your mind any longer. Let it out. Say the damn things that you have needed to say. Make them good. Make them worth someone turning their head to listen to you.

 

You’ve got a voice.

Most people would kill to have one. So learn how to use it. Start. Start small, start slow, start however you want. But start. Don’t go to the ground never having used that voice of yours for something good, something worthy, something that thickened your skin & buckled your knees & ramshackled your heart.

Screw December 31st and the resolutions you’ve stacked away in the closet for the start of a New Year and 12 bells clanking at midnight. It Starts Now. It should have started five minutes ago. It starts with a single question that turns out to be the answer to everything:

 Are you worth it enough to start?

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24 responses to “It’s on you.

  1. Giulietta Nardone

    Hi Hannah,

    Probably my favorite post of yours — ever. You’ve got it!

    Yes, everyone needs to stop sleepwalking through life! (Granted we are trained to do this from a young age via educational hypnosis then it’s continued through “career” hypnosis.) You need to “snap” yourself awake and once you wake up, you’ll see how truly amazing life is and that you can do anything!

    No need to keep getting ready. We are ready.

    Look what you’ve done since we started corresponding – 3-4 years ago. Astounding! You started this love letter writing adventure that resonated with so many.

    People want others fail because they are too scared to try their “it” themselves. (I know because I did this when I was a zombie.) That’s why everyone’s doing horrible things to each other around the world. All just a fear to be alive because otherwise you’d be too busy following your own dreams to have time to throw a bag over someone else.

    So simple, yet so difficult to get sleepwalkers to see, to understand.

    And, yes, again – the point is to do good in the world because that is what the world needs more of. A do-good economy that benefits all, not just a few. If you see yourself in everyone else, then you see how helping others will help you as well.

    We are all in this endless Lost episode together …

    Happy New Year!
    Giulietta

    http://www.giuliettathemuse.com

  2. Nia

    I started reading your blog after hearing your TED talk. Just thanks. Thank you for putting it all out there and being brave enough to go after your dreams.

    This is my favorite:
    “Stop letting people bend and break your heart. Play the music louder. Scream if you need to. Walk away from that toxic person who never had your goodness at the forefront of their mind. Walk away. Your goodness will be at the forefront of any mind that loves you fiercely, boldly, with no sense of tomorrow.”

    I needed that. A very kind, authentic, “I believe in you” kick-in-butt. Those are the best kind.

  3. Mike

    Speak it, Hannah! Social media got a reference in there–and it’s one of those “good servant, bad master” kind of things. Every one of your posts aches, pulsates, radiates with love. Kudos!

    I’ll do my best to be more self-governing (scary thought!) starting now…thanks again for the inspiration! :)

  4. kristinpedemonti

    Yes! Right Now! Once again Your eloquence touched my heart soul and spirit. Thank you, dear, Brilliant Hannah.

  5. kristinpedemonti

    Thank you, dear, sweet Hannah for sharing your brilliance. Indeed the time is Now! And We are Worth It! Sending you love and hugs and gratitude for all the Beauty you Are!

  6. JB

    Hannah,
    Thank you for this. So raw and straight to the point. If you want to do something, do it. Only you can stop yourself. Thank you for putting words to what has been running through my mind.

  7. nDing

    Thank you so much :). I really needed it today.

  8. Oh, Hannah. God, I love your writing. “Learn to stand in front of the mirror without cringing,” was my favorite line. It actually gave me an idea for a blog post to say some things I’ve been thinking but haven’t actually talked about with anyone yet. This is definitely one of my favorite posts you’ve written.

    • Louise C.

      Well said, dear heart.
      Best for me are the words: Walk away from that toxic person who does not have you in the forefront if their mind.
      I make phone calls, send emails, write little notes, always initiating, never being appreciated. Why do I continue to shout into the void hearning only ECHO?
      Why only befriend the person who was convienient? There is, nor ever will be any passion there; as long as I continue to give them supprt and attention without asking, no, without demanding my fair share in return I damage only me.
      This is what I believe about why we live in a time that I can write you this letter on a hand-held computer that links us by way of satellites: we are meant to be more than the sum of our parts. We are meant to live and communicate beyond the social mores and constrictures of yesteryear. God/dess or Spirit gives us brains and hearts for a reason: we are meant to understand the universe down to and beyond the atomic level.
      You and I can talk with one another and know each other’s hearts. We are not limited to the person next door as were our great-grandparents. We can form bonds of choice, not of convenience and necessity.
      Thank you for your kindness, generosity, grace and passion.
      You are the best.

  9. danielle

    U r too much and just enough, thanks thanks thanks…..”…it should have started 5minutes ago….” I hear you

  10. danielle

    R U writing a book??? a novel would be lovely

  11. Thierry De Wolf

    Somehow this message keeps following me; I see it popping up once and awhile and everytime I do, it serves as a reminder why I do what I do. Thanks for the reminder Hannah.
    One more thing, for me, it started tree years ago already ;)

    Happy Holidays Hannah ;)

  12. You got it — running with tie-dye soles on my shoes!

  13. Reblogged this on Beautiful Impressions and commented:
    Such beautiful words I need to read and follow through. I’m stock on this blog though. I hope you catch the bug.

  14. “Think about what stopped you yesterday. Who was that person? What were they afraid of? And why did they govern you for so long? You’ve got one chance. You’ve got one shot. The world won’t cry if you never use it. It’s on you. Don’t make the universe regret you.”

    Hannah, i needed this!
    http://slewnwords.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/to-seek-help-does-not-make-you-weak-for-it-makes-you-strong-knowing-there-is-something-wrong/

  15. Jana

    Hey Hannah,
    once again you find the words that I need to hear, that I want to hear. You find the right words to describe how I see the world and the potential. Or you find the words to make me see it. I love your blog and also the LoveLetter idea, because it shows me that there are more people like me out there. People who believe in the good in each person and in this world. In the power of love and friendship. People who are interested in the story of every person and not only those the media tells us about.
    So thank you for beeing you and sharing your thoughts with all of us. Have a great new year!

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  17. I LOVE this post. LOVE it. So much.

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  19. Cassady

    I have printed this out (below) in large font and highlighted most of the words. I am taping it to my bathroom mirror until it sticks forever. You would think at half a century-plus, I would know this all ready. Glad to have it in black and white. I emailed it to my sisters with the title “keep the messages coming, Mommy/God.” I wasn’t sure which soul made it appear on my computer the other day – when I was suffering with confusion. Thanks goes to you for writing it.

    “Learn from the Yesterday that made you feel weak. Stop letting people bend and break your heart. Play the music louder. Scream if you need to. Walk away from that toxic person who never had your goodness at the forefront of their mind. Walk away. Your goodness will be at the forefront of any mind that loves you fiercely, boldly, with no sense of tomorrow. You deserve that. The best of it. You’ve got to learn to want that for yourself.”

  20. Reblogged this on Going Deep. and commented:
    It really, truly, actually, terrifyingly is.

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