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  • Writer's pictureNicole Ogg

Find your words to live by.

The last few years have brought A LOT of change, self-reflection, healing, growth…and about 100 other emotions that would take too long to name, but you get the picture.

Last Friday night, while visiting my friend in Chicago, we decided to hit up a walk-in tattoo shop and get some fresh ink.

I have been living by these six words for the last few years, so why not get them permanently tattooed on me? I thought it was a good idea.

Feel; ALL your feelings. The happiness, the sadness, success, failure, the anxiety, depression, worry, guilt, FEEL IT ALL. Soak in the all good feelings and live in the bad for a few, then start your journey back to the good feelings.

Heal; your wounds. This, right here, has been the game changer for me. Heal your wounds. The wounds from your childhood, your parents, your previous relationships, friendships, situationships. You cannot move forward unless you heal the wounds that keep holding and pulling you back into the past.

Live; this precious life you were given. Now, more than ever, we HAVE TO LIVE. The world is a crazy, scary place right now with a lot of uncertainties but we should not let that stop us from living. The reality is that people lose their lives every day and they go without doing half of the stuff they’ve wanted to do in their lives. Don’t be one of those people. It’s NEVER too late to start, start over, resume, or re-do.

Explore; the world, your dreams, your fantasies. Go out in the world and explore. Visit new places or visit the same places a few times and experience new things. Make your dreams come true. Live out the fantasies that you’ve been daydreaming about. Do it by yourself or do it with someone special. Please, just do it.

Love; everyone. And this includes yourself. Love all the people that you want to love. Love the people who deserve your love and give love to the people who need your love. But don’t pour so much into other people that your cup becomes empty. So love yourself in the middle of all that too.

Grow; because you can’t stay where you are. You don’t want to look back next year and still be where you are, do you? I hope your answer is no, but maybe your answer is yes. Whatever the answer is, there is always room for growth. We all need to grow, especially right now. The world needs more growth and that starts with us.

So, what are your words? Maybe there are 6 of them, maybe you only have 1. It doesn’t matter how big, how small, what the significance is, who else knows the meaning, what are the words that you want to live by? Find them. Write them down. Hell, maybe even tattoo them on your body! Whatever you need to do, do it.

And remember, it's not YOLO, it's YODO. You only die once, you live every day. Do what you have to do to make this life the best, FOR YOU, because you only get one.

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