Superior Self/  Good Advice for Life I Wish Someone had Told Me Earlier
July 23

Superior Self/ Good Advice for Life I Wish Someone had Told Me Earlier

Reflecting upon my son Golden's high school graduation a month or so ago, I was reminded of things I wish someone had told me when I graduated high school. I needed some wisdom from an elder who had been there. The parties and gifts are wonderful, and celebratory air was apparent, but I needed some wake up moments too.

I wish somebody had told me that after high school or college I would never be judged by the first six letters of the alphabet ever again. What a revelation! Grades don’t really mean anything in life after school.

The best piece of advice I have ever received is from my writing mentor, Ann Randolph. At the end of every workshop experience with her, she pulled me aside and quietly stated, “You are a great storyteller. You are ready.” You are ready? That rang as a sliver of truth that touched me to my very core.

I reflect upon those three words often because it applies to so many people in so many situations. You are ready. What keeps us from doing what we really want to do? Fear. Do I want to live in a state of action or reaction? What kind of life do you want to live? If someone told you that you were ready every day of your life, you (and I) would probably make different choices than we have. Let the fear go and do what you are meant to do. Dig deep and honor your gut feelings. Move forward into yourself.

I’m telling you now, “You are ready.”

KJ Landis 
-Author and Creator of the Superior Self series
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