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“Because Limits Like Fears Are Often Just An Illusion”

For almost a year I have found myself in a place where I have completely opened my heart to the universe, challenged myself, taken risks, allowed myself to be uncomfortably vulnerable and I am continually taken back but what I am being shown. It sometimes feels as if life is hurriedly happening all around me but, I stop and stare at the faces and wonder, are these people living their purpose, are they truly happy, all this for what? Why do we do what we do?

Life is far too short to not be happy, to not be living to your fullest, to be stressed or anxious or whatever else we allow ourselves to feel, life is too short to be mediocre. There is absolutely no excuse to not be living out your life the way you see it.

If you have a dream or seeing yourself doing something that may seem ridiculous, I challenge you to consume your life with it until you can almost no longer breath until your whole being has been overtaken by who you truly are. There is truly no greater feeling. Life is to short to live mediocre.

The past two days I have had a overwhelming feelings that I need to go out and make the world a better place, give back, accomplish the unthinkable. I will not stop, I will not let money get in the way, I will not let anyone take it away from me. I challenge you to do the same. Life is too short to live mediocre.

The last month my time in Brazil opened my eyes to beauty that I never knew could exist within the world. I am trying my best to transcend that care, love, appreciation and compassion at home. Although some people may see this as odd it doesn’t matter to me. It confuses me why we are so consistently concerned with ourselves in this society. Without the other we would be nothing. We need each other, we need to connect. We need to take more time to appreciate one another- it is amazing how far a few kind words can go. Wear your heart on your sleeve, love deeply. Life is too short to live mediocre.

If you read this and feel like this may sound like a cliché high school graduation speech or something that people just say or even that it all sounds great but don’t do anything about it my heart aches for you. It is the people that take that one moment and make the decision to say yes, to be better, to be happier, to be healthier. Don’t let this pass you by, life is too short to live mediocre.

I will leave you with a few inspiring words that have been ringing in my ears that past few days…

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and he lies exhausted on the field of battle” -V.Lombardi

“Now if you know what you’re worth, than go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits and not pointing fingers saying that you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her , or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better that that!” – Rocky Balboa

“You have to believe that something different can happen. He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right” Will Smith

“To be able at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you will become” Charles Frédéric Dubois

“If your not making someone else’s life better than you’re wasting your time” Will Smith

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“Be The Change That You Wish to See in the World” – is not just a statement

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Last night I had the honor of sharing my experience in Brazil as a means of paying it forward in my community and here is what I had to say (wanted to share it all with you)….

Every now and then life affords us opportunities that could never possibly be recreated, retold, or even fathomable. And it is when we leave our hearts open that these moments come alive. This is exactly my journey with Red Rocks Community College and US-Brazil Connect.

This experience has proven to me that I am far greater than what I thought possible. It has taken away fears, given me confidence to continue in the direction of my dreams, built my leadership skills, and has continued to show me that in this life, we all NEED to connect with one another.

It has shown me that I can create impacts in the lives of people across the world that will last a lifetime. One of my students expressed to me that I lit the fire in his heart to do greater and bigger things. Another student wrote in a letter to me, that I had given him the courage to go for his dreams and to get himself out of living in a favela. One of the most impactful things that I witnessed was no matter their situation each one of my students ultimately sought out true happiness.

Something that was impossible to deny in Brazil was pure affection, care and love for another, even amongst the most, vast array of beautifully looking people that I have ever seen. I wish that I could count the number of kisses, hugs and moments of compassion that were expressed towards me while I was there. In the United States, we sometimes forget the healing power that this can have on people.

It was also hard to ignore the disparity in quality of life, when Brazil is known as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This country is growing at the expense of its most important citizens and at the mercy of globalization. It is my generation’s responsibility and the responsibility of Brazilian citizens, which we saw in the protests, to change the way that we think about consumption, success, and profits.

It is impossible to summarize my experience in a short speech so I will leave you with a few key points:

  • always love, always be kind and always be generous
  • don’t ever let your misconceptions get in the way
  • be thoughtful and be mindful
  • truly be that change that you wish to see in the world- it is possible not just a statement
  • never stop observing
  • most importantly never stop learning

I am forever indebted to Red Rocks Community College, US-Brazil Connect, my biggest supporters, the Colorado-Salvador team and most importantly my amazingly, inspiring,  and motivated group of eleven young Brazilian individuals- for this I am truly grateful.

Life is incredibly too short to not seek out your true happiness. Today, I challenge you to do the same.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”

Every now and then life affords us opportunities that could never possibly be recreated, retold or even fathomable. It is up to us to keep our hearts open to these possibilites and the doors will always be opened. We have to be willing to say yes, to take risks and to step outside of comfort.

I have officially been home for only two days and I still am just beginning to process the past month and its incredible, life changing impacts that it has created in my life. My friends and family are anxious to hear of the experience, but it is true when you hear that the only people that will ever truly understand are the ones that you were fortunate to share the experience with. For this I am grateful.

If I could offer anything that I learned this past month in as little words as possible I would say…..

keep your heart open

travel often and truly as often as possible

don’t ever let your misconceptions get in the way

always love

always learn

don’t ever let your fears get in the way

always remember there is infinite beauty in the world

we are all here to connect with one another

in life true happiness should be of utmost importance

lastly, care and love like Brazilians care and love each other. Be quick to give hugs, kisses, affection and genuine help to those around you. This can heal, connect, grow and fulfill meaning in life.

I will leave you with some of my favorite moments of my journey….

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The US Could Take a Lesson from Brazil

Now being in Brazil for almost three weeks, I have taken in many of the sights, sounds, smells and culture. Brazilians are known for their outgoing personalities and their affection with one another. They are quick to show their care and love for one another and more so, they are quick to help and most of all quick to give.

Since I have been here, I have been showered with food, presents, drawings, movies, clothing, help and love and more. Sitting back and observing my fellow americans with brazilians you can quickly tell the difference who has been acclimated to this type of living. Living to give and love. 

This is not to say that we are not like this in the states however, it seems to me that this type of genuine love and care for one another has dissipated within our culture. It can be difficult to find someone who can find the time to really listen, find the time to show you love when all you may need is a simple hug or someone that will put them self aside to help even though they may not have the moment to do so….. I challenge people that are reading this to show more affection, show more care, show more love, be quick to give and quick to help. I argue that this can only help not hinder the phenomenon of such a immensely connected yet disconnected culture that the United States has become. The US could learn a lesson from Brazil…. thoughts??Image