For Love, For Light, For Goodness, I Rise.
For Hope, For Faith, For Kindness, I Rise.
I Give, I Receive. I Fight, I Fall. I Conquer, I Surrender.

In small things, in small ways, as in big things and big ways, I create change. I shape the life I lead, I blaze a trail for those yet to come. With a loving heart, open mind, free spirit, and unbreakable will I live, I do, I love.

                              – AJ

Carry On

There are no words to describe the bravery, courage, resilience, goodness, and love of all those souls who have been lost throughout the history of humanity. Many for no reason at all and others for pride, ego, greed, judgement, willful blindness, and hate.

I mourn for those beautiful souls. Those who could not do anything to help their situation and those who were able to. I mourn the short lives they led, the long lives they lived in terrible circumstances, the suffering they had to endure, the pain they had to endure, the horror they had to endure.

But I haven’t forgotten and I will never forget them. Their lives were not just suffering and pain, their lives were not just hopelessness and grief, they were the same as me and you. They lived everyday trying to do the best they could with what they had, where they were.

Their deaths were not in vain. They live on through me. They live on through all those who choose to stand for what’s right, believe in truth, fight for justice, care for all, and do the right thing. They are how we are all here now. It is because of them that we have this chance to live, love, and be free. We carry on their legacy.

I take this time to remember them, their precious lives, and all their honorable deeds. I carry on for those who never got the chance to truly live. I carry on for those who had nothing and no one. I carry on for those who did not get the chance to finish their mission. I carry on for those who did complete their mission. I carry on as they carried on for the ones before them. I carry on because I will not let all the blood, sweat, tears, pain, and hard work of those before be for not. I carry on for those who fight the same fight right now, in this moment. I carry on for those people who live here in this time, trying to make it in this day. I carry on to help all I can and to better all that I can.

Carry on.
Carry on.
Always, carry on.

Late Night Ramblings

My song is written in the sky. It’s written on the wind. It’s written across the land. It’s written in the ripples, waves, and flow of the water.
My heart touches the stars, sun, and moon across the ever reaching sky.
My spirit soars with the birds and the clouds oh so high.
My spirit moves as the grass blows in the strong winds that sweep across the land.
My soul breathes the love, the kindness, the caring, the giving, the smiles, the laughter, the hope, the faith that is shared between all living things.
My soul drinks in the heaven that is you and me.
I am of the Earth.
I am of Love.
I am made of all these things.

I Am

I am not defined by people’s expectations and standards of who they think I should be. It’s not my job, or purpose, to please everyone.
I am not a slave to be worked like a mindless machine that has no hopes and dreams.
I am not a prisoner to a system that tries to tell me who I am, how to live, what to do and say, and how to be.
I am not bound to the mundane existence people in “high” places try to force me into.
I am not afraid to speak the truth and say what needs to be said, even if it is to ten thousand people who do not care to realize the truth. I will speak anyhow. You never know who your words may affect and how they may affect someone.
I am not easily influenced or swayed to think differently. Though I am opened minded and welcome different and new perspectives and ideas, I have a mind of my own that I like to put to good use.
I am not worried or concerned about what people think of me.
I am no longer afraid to be me.
I am no longer sorry for who I am.
I am no longer sorry for being who I am.
I am who I am.

Just Some Encouragement For You

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-caption from Rachel Brathen via her instagram

Live:
   We are meant to live. We are meant to enjoy every day of our lives. Every day may not be the best but we must take what we can from it and use every moment we can to be happy. We are meant to experience all the good and bad, the easy and hard times in life. We are meant to have balance. Live your life. Be yourself. Let go of all that tells you and tries to convince you that you are worthless and all things and people that are negative. You deserve to live the life you want; no matter the circumstances, you can be who you want to be and live as you want to live.

Laugh
Laughter is one of life’s greatest medicine’s. When you laugh, you smile. When you smile, you are happy. When you are happy, life is the best it can be. Whether you laugh but for a moment or crack a small smile in a moment of distress, laughing takes all the pain and anguish away. Laughter and smiling work wonders. When you can laugh and smile freely, uninhibited, life is the best it can be. When you’re laughing, you have no worries of the bad things, the dark situations, any negativity that is going on in your life and the world. You are simply in the moment, living the moment, enjoying the moment. So laugh on my friend. Laugh as much as you can.

Love
There is no greater force on Earth than Love. Love has so many facets, you can live in so many different ways. You can have a family love, friendship love, community love, intimate love, love for your country, love for your passion’s. A man with nothing to lose is dangerous, but a man that has love behind him can do any and everything with a passion and determination that can not be explained and is far beyond that of a man with just nothing to lose.
Love is everlasting and can move mountains. If you love something, get it, go for it, do it. Life is unpredictable so do whatever you love now, love whoever you love now, put all that you have into whatever it is that you love. Before you know it, you might not have it anymore. Take advantage of being able to love freely. Nothing and no one has a say in what, who, or how you love. Love is Love. No matter who it’s between. True Love truly knows no bounds and can not be tamed. So love and let love.

Create
There is so much creativity, innovation, and uniqueness that lies within all of us. All that we need to do to unearth those things is free our minds from boundaries, doubts, worry, and negativity. I’m not saying that you won’t feel these things sometimes because you will. And when you feel these things, you can use them to do and be better. But life is much more wonderful when you can decrease and eliminate these things.
Let your creative mind run free. Let those amazing, fun, cool, different ideas that lie within you become a reality. When you have an idea that you really love, do it, expand it, if you don’t think it’s right yet, ask someone you really trust about ideas on how to make it better. The world needs your talent, your creativity, your special way of thinking. No two people in this world are alike and that is for a reason. We all have our own ways of thinking and perceiving things and that means that there is so much that can be created and made better because of how you think and feel about an idea. Let wild your inner creative spirit. You never know what greatness may come of it and where it can lead you.
  

  
              Live | Laugh | Love | Create