What would your 8 year old self think?

If your 8 year old self could see you now, would they slap you or clap for you?

A couple of weeks ago I attended the World Domination Summit with my Dad in Portland, Oregon. I wasn’t fully aware of what this conference entailed other than it was for individuals aspiring to live a unconventional lifestyle in a conventional world.

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I was blown away and wasn’t expecting it to hit so many nerves. The speakers varied from one extreme to the other. At one point I was almost in tears from laughing so hard. On the other end of the spectrum I was almost crying because several speakers spoke of such intimate experiences. Needless to say it was a weekend full of emotions.

In the end, all the speakers messages all came together full circle. To not let the fight inside you die, that you can do anything your heart desires, and be true to who you really are.

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One of the speakers spoke of the concept, “what would your 8 year old self think of you right now?” Looking back, when I was 8 years old I thought I could do ANYTHING. Believe me some ideas were brighter than others, but the possibilities were endless! And why does this beautiful courage die? Because we choose to give in to what we ‘think’ we should be doing. And that voice of the little boy or girl inside us dies due to all the adult responsibilities we decide to pick up.

Who ever said we are all on the same path? We’re not. Life is meant to be an individual game, yet we play as if we are competing for materialistic things, likes on social media, or highest salary.  We get caught up in the rat race with everyone else that we forget who we really are. We drown out the little boy or girl who just wanted a happy ending like all the Disney movies we use to watch. We try to get everyone to like us, but in reality that won’t ever be the case.

We’re all guilty of trying to win people over that will never like our voice. Which they don’t have to, because let’s be honest, trying to make everyone like you is the quickest way to hate yourself. We need to get back to living with passion and integrity.

We only have one life to live, why not do something extraordinary with it?! And none of us make it out alive anyways so all the other nonsense doesn’t really matter in the end.

We live for the weekends and pray that the days would go faster, literally WISHING away our lives. How pathetic. Instead we should be wishing for more time to get out and do something remarkable! Now is the time to start living the life that you don’t have to take a vacation from, because each day is glorious!

So my question is, what would you 8 year old self think of you right now? What do you have to change in your lifestyle to be happy? Are you willing to make the change? Why or why not?

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One of the highlights of this conference was breaking the record for the most people putting on lipstick at the same time. I think blue is your color Pops.

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