For a long time, I lived my life based on a set of standards that were created by anyone other than myself, because I assumed that if I followed the same paths that the people before me had followed, I would be just as happy as they all seemed to be. But guess what? Life doesn't work that way. It took me almost 28 years to decide what I wanted to do with my life. Listen, I don't care if you're 30, 40, 60, or 100 -- I want you to think about what you would choose to do if you could do anything, & if you knew you that it was impossible to fail.
If I could do anything & not fail, I would get published, I would build a life around wilderness photography, I would write a book, I would be a household name among other photographers. But, then I think about all the fears that snap me back to reality: I don't know any publishers or how to even begin that process. There are millions of other people trying to do the same thing that I am. I will never be the next Chris Burkard or Jimmy Chin. I'm not good enough. Why do I think this way? My fears are valid, but my fears should never stop me from the hustle. My fears shouldn't stop me from trying, they shouldn't hold me back from the life that I want. Fate is greater than fear.
I will only get where I'm going if I keep pushing myself, if I keep spending my last dime on gas to see & explore new places, if I keep packing up my fears & leaving them in a dark corner to collect dust. My life is going to be lived on my terms from now on, & fear is no longer an item on that list. That's my challenge today, tomorrow, this week, next month, & in the coming years. I am done making excuses for why I can't do this or do that. From now on, I'm going to give my greatest efforts to exceed the standards that I set for myself, because I have a destiny that is way bigger than my fears, & fate is counting on me to show up on time.
My fate, my destiny, my dreams, are all tangible, real, & achievable... & so are yours. Don't listen to the reasons behind the doubts, listen to the reasons behind the motivation. Fate desires you in the same way that a groom desires his bride -- in that beautiful, breathless gaze. Chase it like the moon chases the sun. Search for it in every crater. Don't settle for a single star when you can have the entire galaxy. Set your dreams among the clouds & teach yourself how to fly. Fate, destiny, dreams, they are one in the same. They should be the great pursuit of our lives. A new life entirely is waiting for you, but you have to be willing to let go of the fears that are holding you back. Your destiny can't carry the weight of your dreams and the weight of your fears -- it has just enough strength for one or the other, but not both. You get to choose.
So I have to ask again: what would you do if you could do anything, & if you knew that it was impossible to fail? You have already answered that question by the way you're living your life, by the dreams you're choosing to chase or neglect. Maybe now is the time to do something different. Maybe now is the time to finally make a change. Fate is watching you, & fate is waiting for you.
Self-portrait by me. Flannel by She Shreds.
Megan Elizabeth is a storyteller based in Kalispell, Montana. Take a peek at her blog & portfolio, drop her a line, & follow her story on Facebook & Instagram.