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Posted by on 2012/12/14 under Uncategorized

Joe, I have something for you. A gift, of sorts. A gift of words. No offense, but I think you need them.

Maybe you’re lost right now. That’s okay. Maybe you’ve forgot who you are. That’s okay. Maybe you’re in the dark. That’s okay. Everyone is at some point. The most important thing for you to do, is to not judge yourself. What I mean is don’t evaluate yourself. You are your own self and I’ll be damned if you want to be just like someone else. This life is an adventure for you to explore with your own ideas and new ways of understanding the world around you. Who you are is a complicated and detailed story hidden underneath every insecurity you have and every discomfort you experience.

Who you are is a collection of the things that you, as a unique individual, are drawn to discover and explore. One thing that I know you have is an unfaltering dedication to following your interests. Become fascinated with your interests, and those insecurities and discomforts will have significantly less room to fester. Soon, you will have tangible answers to the question of who you are. You’ll understand why you’re here. When I say “here” I don’t mean “here” as in “here,” alive, on this earth; I mean “here” as in “here” in this point of your life.

As a child and even throughout high school, a tremendous amount of your time and energy is spent running someone else’s maze, hitting all the buttons that they think need to be hit. You never really get to discover who you are. And if you’re lucky enough to figure out who you are, you often aren’t embraced for being that person. You begin to forget who you are and conform to society and what they want from you. You can’t do that. That’s as simple as it gets. You just can’t. Do whatever it takes not to conform. You can’t compromise who you are for the benefit of other people.

If that means you want to drop out of high school, do it.
If that means you want to graduate from high school and then never read a book again, do it.
If that means you want to graduate top of your class from Harvard or Stanford or something of the like, do it.
If that means you want to be heterosexual/homosexual/bisexual, do it.
If that means you want to be asexual, do it.
If that means you want to screw sexuality and undergo some extreme mitosis and split into two Joe’s, do it.
If that means you want to be a fry cook at McDonald’s, do it.
If that means you want to be a doctor or a lawyer, do it.
If that means you want to be a professional rapper alongside Riff Raff, you’ve got to do it.

You’ve got to do whatever it is that makes you who you are. You need to find yourself. You need to turn your light back on.

In the words of Albus Dumbledore, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Joe, please turn on your light.

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