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To live, and to love, you have to take risks. There will be disappointments and failures and disasters as a result of taking these risks. But in the long run it will work out.

Alan Watts

You’ve got to live. And you’ve got to love. You’ve got to come from the silence, to look in the other’s eyes, to wear your heart on your sleeve, because a life otherwise lived is not worth living. It’s not worth it, wearing your soul under a veil of deception, hoping someone, some day, will show up and take care of your concealed darkness or discover your hidden light. Because nothing is more harmful than an inner light, emanating from your soul, being covered up out of fear of seeming vulnerable.

Vulnerability is the mastery of life. Let your love shine through your eyes, and you will have the whole world at your fingertips. At the palm of your open hand. No one’s ever grasped the world with a clenched fist. Or another being’s heart. Be open and the fear will melt away.

Believe in the good things coming. Take whatever risk you can if you need to, if there’s a longing in your soul. Don’t hold yourself down out of fear of looking desperate. If there’s one thing worth knowing in this life, it’s that seeming desperate is better than drowning in regrets and cluttering your head with what ifs. Do what you need to do, say what you need to say. You never know what the universe will throw your way.

This is not about always acting on impulse or ignoring rational thought. It’s about those moments when you feel an inner urge to do or say something, but you hold back, in fear of being rejected. It’s about trust. Just kill the doubts, and let your soul flow.

Raise your vibration with a state of openness. Shift your perception and see how the whole world changes with it. Cultivate an open heart and soul and break free of old constraints. How the world sees you doesn’t matter, when you’re following your inner guidance. There is an unbeatable strength in being who you are, and that’s what gets you through the harsh times, what keeps you always safe. The sun doesn’t seek ovations when it sets and paints the sky. Thunderstorms don’t ask for permission when they unleash the power of nature. The soul inside of you knows what it wants and it can guide you through, if only you know when to listen to it.

In the long run, the only thing that matters is being true. To yourself, and to others. A heart bursting wide open is the most valuable thing you could carry with you through life. Thrash your ego, accept the possibility (or certainty) of seeming desperate, if that’s what it takes to express yourself. If someone rejects the untamed you, they’re not worth having in your life.

So be open, honest, bleeding, overflowing. In the end, it’s always worth it. You know you’ve lived a life of raw sincerity, with no chances wasted.

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