"The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf."
Take risks. Dream big. Fail often.
You only live once. I hear that YOLO is a cheeky trend now, but only in that you will be mocked mercilessly for pointing out the obvious.
You only live once. (Well, some would disagree.) But, I contend that I will only remember this one, for as long as I'm here. And THAT is what matters.
So, if you only pass this way once - what are you to do with it? What are you to be? How will you be remembered?
The pressure is crushing. It's paralyzing. It's easier to purposely fail, and to pull the covers over your head in a permitted state of recovery and repair.
It's hard to fail not on purpose, but by thinking you are just about to succeed; just about to hit it big; one cherry away from jackpot.
It's more rewarding. More gratifying. More...well, meatier. And juicier. And delicious.
It's the kind of failure that is in itself success. It's tangible. It's legible. It's unmistakable.
It's remarkable. And so is your life. Because you only really, truly live once. And if you do it right, the universe will never forget.
The above post was written as a part of a Releasing the Writer Within workshop with Hannah Goodman of The Write Touch. It has been posted without edits. The video below happened, ironically, the same day as this post.