Dear readers, I invite and encourage you to participate in an eye opening activity with me. You will need two sheets of paper, and a pen for said activity. Take the first sheet of paper, and place it in front of you; tuck the second sheet away to the side for the time being. Now, take your pen, and write a list of every label anyone has ever bestowed upon you. Every crass judgement, every name, every anticipation of failure, every single perceived limitation anyone has ever verbally thrown your way, write it.
Once finished, take the list of labels into your hands, hold it out in front of you, and close your eyes. Permit the mental images to enter your mind, and all of the painful memories associated with each label written upon the paper in which you currently hold. For a mere moment, let them awash you. Now, open your eyes and crush them! Crumple the paper, and discard it into the trash bin.
Take the second sheet of paper, and your pen in your hand. You are now going to write another list. In this list, I want you to write all of your goals, your dreams, your favorite personal traits, and every personal achievement in which you are proud of. Every single solitary one, write them down.
Once finished, take your new list into your hands, just as you have done with your first list prior; hold it out in front of you, and close your eyes. I want you to imagine, imagine yourself doing what so many have long perceived for you to be impossible. Visualize yourself, as if on a track field riddled with intimidating hurdles blocking your path to victory; imagine as you conquer each hurdle with leaps and bounds. Imagine your very own personal wishing star glowing as a beacon in a pitch black night sky; visualize yourself standing boldly with your arm held outstretched, claiming what is yours. Imagine your light within your lantern enshrouded by a dark cloak, your light hidden from the world around you; visualize yourself, as you remove said cloak, and forever discard it. Now, open your eyes once more, and see your true self, the labels forever destroyed. For you, and only you, hold the power over your life.