the thing about dreams.

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No one tells you the pain that takes place during the process.

No one tells you that some days it'll hurt like the breaking of bones, that you aren't going to want to get out of bed to face the thing that's supposed to be your dream. No one says that you may find yourself drowning in tears instead of joy. They say it will be hard, but they don't give that name a face.

And here it is. You'll be tempted to give up. You may drop it all. You'll collapse in the grit and grime of misused elbow grease. You'll be mad that no one pointed out the fine print. You'll shake your fists at the free-spirit gods and shout, "I did not sign up for this." You may wonder how you could have ever wanted it.

You'll wonder why.

Take a break. Sleep it off. Then gather the courage that is still hidden under that rock for a rainy day and cash it in. Because you're going to freaking MAKE. IT. RAIN. Find a new way to fall in love with your work again. Do it for the sake of creating and nothing else. The chill in your bones will see itself out. And the remaining bits of ash and pain and frustration, the leftover passion, that little bit of soul-sauce at the bottom of the bowl... it will kindle into a new fire. It’s important that you create, even when no one is watching, especially when you think it’s not making a difference.

Sometimes, the only thing your art needs to change is you.

Make it happen. Because at some point, after the 739th time you've picked yourself up, you'll find something building under your wings, ready to carry you as you fly to new heights.

Confidence. Hope.

After you put in the work, after you do your time, after you face disappointment and rejection, after you've picked your face up off the bottom of the hole and look up, wondering how on earth you could have fallen so far from the dream that you designed, the dream that you decided, you'll realize that it's still your dream and it's still your life and you can arrange it, direct it, mold it, build it any way you want.

It's not too late. This moment is the perfect time. Don't want until everything is perfect, until you've become the best you, you've made this much money, you weigh this much, you achieved this or that, you've gotten the go-ahead from your peers.

You don't have to ask for permission to get out of the darkness and dance in the light. [tweet that]

Don't let anyone make you feel like you don't deserve what you want, that you don't deserve to live the visions that were birthed in your core. Don't let your lack keep you from living a half-life.

You have everything you need. Right now. If you feel you don't, if you feel a little unsteady in your go-go boots (and trust me, I do), then you're in good company. It's normal. In fact, it's good. It's not supposed to be easy. And you have to give a little to get a little. Step out on your shaking feet and you will get what you need on the way. The reward is in the risk. Nothing is gained by doing what you've always done. We get so lost in the routine, waiting for the universe to give us a sign that we're ready, that the stars have aligned, that we can live the life we've imagined, that we can be the person we've always dreamt we could be.

News flash. The stars say you're free to be whoever you want.

You've been that person all along. Stop hiding yourself from the world. Stop keeping your gifts and your talent from the rest of us. Stop blending in and just accepting your fate as the way it has to be or your unchangeable destiny. Stop believing that you are ordinary and that you have nothing to give. Don't get caught up in the mundane, in just getting by, that you forget your childlike wonder, faith, and dreams. Channel that... Life is magic. Find it. Be it. Live it. Dance it. Love it. Embrace it.

Believe it.

This doesn't mean that life won't punch you really hard in the face sometimes. It doesn't mean that you won't let that keep you down for a while. Or longer. It means that you will allow the God-breathed purpose inside of you to give you the strength to rise. Again and again and again. It means you're going to dance.

It means you are free. Fly.