"Unless someone can look into the core of your heart and see the degree of your passion, or look into the depths of your soul and see the extent of your will, then they have no business telling you what you can or cannot achieve. Because while they may know the odds, they do not know you. Nor do they know the power of your angels."
I need to paste this on my mirror and read it several times a day to remind myself that I am the expert on me.
What makes others want to hold us back, to determine the course of our lives? Is it their fear that we may follow our dreams and be happy? Is it their fear that we may somehow surpass them?
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
We have to be willing in life to make mistakes, because those mistakes help to teach us and they help to set us on our own right path. We have to be willing to dance to the beat of our own drum, to move forward with purpose.
It may not always be easy and it may be met with resistance, but in the end we will know that we have followed our hearts and that is where satisfaction lies.