Don’t Let Anyone Slow You Down

📷: Brad Lloyd

I’m so tired of hearing that I should, “slow down,” or “relax.” I know its well-meaning people who don’t want to see me fail. I know it’s my family and friends who love me and are just trying to make sure I’m okay. I know it’s a natural, human reaction to encourage someone who’s busy to do nothing sometimes. I know.

But what the people telling me to do these things don’t know is that I don’t have time to do nothing. I am excited by the possibilities I must grab between my fingertips before they’re gone. I love the rush and the wildness of a busy life. I feel, within the deepest parts of me, that I need to be running three hundred miles an hour.

But I will rest when everything feels right.

I know you’re probably sick of reading ‘self-help’ or ‘motivational’ articles/books/pieces/etc., and hell, I’m in the same boat. It’s annoying to hear so many contradictory words from people who claim they have it all figured out. It’s frustrating to feel like you’re pulled in so many different directions, just to eventually loop back around where you were. It’s unsettling to realize you may never have the perfect, one-size-fits-all answer you’re looking for.

And yet, we’re all still searching.

But here’s the thing—I don’t have it figured out. I don’t have the answers. I don’t claim to have this life in the palm of my hands. All I know is that I feel passion for the things I do, and when you feel a little tug in your heart to do something—whether it’s to chase a crazy dream, fall for an unexpected person, do a task you’ve never done, build a brand from scratch, or work under the craziest schedule ever—feel empowered to do it.

Because you can. Because it feels right. Because it’s important to you. Because this life is yours and it’s fleeting, so you must believe what you believe and be passionate without fear.

Easier said than done, right? But I truly think that when you allow yourself to fight for something that feels right, you break down the barriers all around you. Instead of making excuses, you start to see the possibility. Instead of doubting yourself, you start to find strength within your own skin. Instead of wondering what could have been, you take action. And that’s the most important thing.

In this life you’re going to face so many obstacles. You’re going to have moments where everything makes sense, and moments where you feel like you’ve made an unredeemable mistake. You’re going to fail and fall. You’re going to doubt yourself.

But you’re also going to have days where everything feels limitless, where you open your eyes and you’re filled with the wild desire to do, to grab, to touch. Hold onto those days and them guide you, let them propel you forward in the moments you hesitate.

And when you’re running three hundred miles an hour, when you’re exhausting yourself by the opportunities you’ve taken and the schedule you’ve made—don’t let anyone slow you down.

This is your time to build, to grow, to become. So become.