"Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful: yourself." --Alan Alda actor, director, screenwriter and author
My brother and I came into the world because my American Mom met my Cuban Dad in Salamanca, Spain. I think it wasn't until I was the age of seven or nine (I can't remember, you'll have to ask my Mom) that we came to live in America. America. The mystical world where Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi tunes blast through the sound waves. A country where every building is a skyscraper and a young milk lady with braids holding two buckets of milk wanders the streets. At least that's what America was in my mind. I have proof. My Mom kept my drawings.
I used to laugh at the drawings, judging and questioning what the heck I was thinking. Milk lady in a city? Two buckets? What kind of story did I have in my head? But now I realize that the milk lady's story is not so different from my own.
There once was a girl who really liked milk.....especially with cookies. She decided to take a risk and venture outside of her comfort zone to the great big city. The girl followed her intuition while carrying one heavy bucket full of judgment and another one full of fear. All the while desperately hoping not to run into failure.
How many of us have a similar story? We throw our noodles while carrying the weight of the outcome in our buckets. Sometimes we don't throw them at all because those buckets of fear and judgement are just too heavy.
But here is the rest of the story............
Through hard work, triumphs, disappointments and heavy lifting, she surprisingly stumbled upon herself.
We live our lives constantly trying to find ourselves, but we don't get to the end of the story because we let fear and judgement slow us down. To learn about who we are and what we want, we have to push beyond our fears and our judgements and just throw the noodles. Through the process, we can witness our strengths, our weaknesses, what makes us tick and what sets us back. Because after all, every single noodle has a lesson that brings us closer to ourselves. The trick is to fling them fast and hard against the wall. Don't wait for judgement and fear to settle. Accept that they are there and move on. And if the noodle doesn't stick, who cares! The only person judging you is YOU.
So don't wait. Get to the end of the story.
Fling your noodles fast and hard because you might surprisingly stumble upon yourself too.
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