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I Was Here

June 29, 2013

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On the first page of my diary, I wrote this question that always helps me get back on course when I lose my way… This question always reminds me that my time is short, but my impact in the lives of others can be great. And the question is this, What would the world have lost if it didn’t have me?

While I am nowhere near where I aspire to be, I am one of those people who wants to be great in life. Not only that, I want to do great things, I want to add value, I want my life to mean something.
In the words of Beyoncé, When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets, leave something to remember, so they won’t forget, I was here, I lived, I loved. I was here, I did, I’ve done, everything that I wanted and it was more than I thought it would be I will leave my mark so everyone will know, I was here…

The easiest thing in the world to do is to play small with your life. We all start out enthusiastic and motivated to be the best we can be, but maintaining that zest and zeal can be the hardest thing in the world. When life throws lemons, curveballs, disappointment, rejection, loss and heartbreak our way, sometimes playing small feels comfortable and we lose the will to fight for our greatness.

In the moment of weakness, it completely slips our minds that no great person ever made it without paying the price of success. Movies and music videos sell us the idea of “the good life” where people live in mansions, drive Aston Martins and go to lavish places with beautiful people… but it’s unrealistic. What they don’t show us is the cost of “the good life”. They don’t show us the truth behind success. They omit some details as if their success included no tears, no drama and no pain. They don’t talk about how sometimes even the most successful people feel like failures. The media doesn’t write about the torture that comes with being insecure with yourself and the self-inflicted pain that is a result of trying to keep up with the Kardashians, the Carters and the Joneses. They don’t make mention of the fact that great people are people too- they cry, they fail, they hurt. They purposefully leave out the parts of the story about the loneliness that comes with fame and the fortune. And they neglect to make reference to the pressure that comes with the need to be the best… they don’t tell us that while many great people are celebrated by the world, they crave the joy and simplicity of being celebrated by those they love most.
You see… we aren’t that different at all. We are all human. No matter how rich we get, how successful, how beautiful, no matter how popular- we all need to resist the urge to play small with our lives. We need to stop thinking “other people” have it figured out. We need to stop telling ourselves the lie that “others” are braver, smarter or better. We are all scared, we are all God’s children, we are all blessed, no excuses…take a step! You are a force, don’t ever question it.

Don’t get comfortable with being in the background, shine. Let the world be better because you lived.

This is your life, live it well and leave a legacy that screams, “I was here…”

Love always,
Nono Cele
Twitter: @Nono_Cele
Email: nono@nonocele.co.za

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