While orbiting earth in the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield did an AMA on Reddit.
Below was such a powerful message that I thought it needed to be shared.
“Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.”
Someone is waiting and cheering for you to get to the place where you are supposed to be in life. What you’re going through right now is not for you, but for the person coming behind you. Someone is coming behind you that needs to know that you made it, so that they can make it.
Someone is waiting on you to be great
I was in Amsterdam travelling and was talking to a man who lived in Amsterdam, and we got on the discussion of Americans. He said “Americans always want to share how rich they are or all the things they have,” He said that Americans are too focused on being better than everyone else. He said in Amsterdam “We never want to boast or make someone feel less than, we never want to be taller than a blade of grass.”
Never be taller than a blade of grass.
One day I ran into someone I knew in a professional matter, and we were talking and catching up on life. A few months ago I learned he had dated a mutual friend, and she confided in me that he had a “Dark Heart”. He was verbally and psychologically abusive in the relationship and had lied to her that he was not married, even though he was.
As we spoke, a pet owner was walking his labradoodle and, loving dogs, I got down to its level and scratched behind the ears and talked to it as he wagged his tail and interacted with me. When my acquaintance reached out to pet the dog, the dog bristled and snarled at the person I was initially talking too. Knowing his background and seeing the dogs reaction, I knew immediately that the dog knew he was not someone to be trusted.
Never trust a person who doesn’t like dogs and always trust a dog that doesn’t like a person.