“You only learn to trust yourself by trusting yourself…” Lisa was on a path that seemed prestigious and promising to the outside world, but inside she felt like a fraud. It wasn’t until she asked herself point blank, “If I died really soon and I was still on this path, how would I feel?” From that point on, she began shedding the expectations that others had for her and started gaining the courage to start living a creative life. Our STRINGTH collection is inspired by these amazing individuals who found the strength within to follow their dreams.
Making a change is hard, but sometimes it is the only thing that will set us free. A life is made up of days, hours, and seconds. If we are not spending that time doing something that makes us feel alive and valuable then we will most likely look back with some regret. No matter where you are in life, it is a good time to ask yourself whether you’re happy and if not, maybe it’s time to do something about it. Karla is an art teacher living in Los Angeles, CA. She likes going on long hikes with her dog and rooting for her first middle school crush, Kobe Bryant, and the LA Lakers. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.
Metastate is about honoring each other’s stories, no matter how different, and creating a more complete picture of our hopes, our fears, our dreams. We’ll share our conversations here and invite you to add your voices to the discussion. Pull up a chair and join us as we recount the stories and lessons of our lives… Darrée: I see my life as a constant search for identity and even though I can’t quite articulate what that identity is, whenever it is questioned or threatened, I feel it rise up. Have you had this experience before, one of those moments that really forced you to wake up? Maryn: I was living at an apartment that my family owned. One of my relatives lived there too and she never liked my boyfriend. One day she barged into my place while I was gone and started accusing him of all these outrageous things. My boyfriend said he would not be coming over again. After that, I had to make a decision. If I wanted to stay with him, I would have to take the …
One of the hardest parts about making a change is the resistance we may face from those closest to us. Anytime we try something new, we upset the familiar order of things and sometimes that makes others uncomfortable. But at the end of the day, we are accountable for our own decisions. When we look back at our experiences, we want to make sure we are living lives of our own making and not living someone else’s version. Christine traded her stressful career in healthcare administration to become a teacher. She is going back to school and has never been happier. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.