15th Septemebr 2011 (taken from my personal journal)

Ha!  Of course!
Within the western culture, we are brought up to believe that we are being successful with our lives if we start to rise up the hierarchal ladder in the workplace, or within any other organisation that we choose to frequent.
We are seen to be making a success of ourselves because it is approved of by others… therefore we are satisfying the aspirations of others.  We then train ourselves to work so hard to make a success of ourselves, but what we are really doing is working hard to become what others say we should become.

But what about what your heart wants…?

This is exactly what these people below are referring to:

The biggest mistake that any of us can make is to believe what other people say about us. – Madonna

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either. – Leo Burnett

In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom.  This is not always an easy sacrifice! – Richard Bach

Your time on this earth is yours and yours alone.  How you choose to use it is up to you. – Richard Bach

Never be afraid of being you. It’s one of the most real things in the world. – on Eva Cassidy’s True Colours video

Not to borrow the strength of another, nor to rely on one’s own strength; to cut off past and future thoughts, and not to live within the everyday mind… then the Great Way is right before one’s eyes. – Bankei

Words in the heart cannot be taken. – Dorfl in Terry Pratchett’s book ‘Feet of clay’

Every man dies. Not every man really lives. – Braveheart

…Oh, you feel so trapped and confused, you start with nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose…
…Never…, ever, never…, hide your heart, don’t ever, ever, ever try…
…If you don’t give your heart wings you’ll never, never, never, never fly
… it’s time to fight, it’s time to break free  
                       – Extracts of lyrics of ‘Never’ from ‘Footloose’ soundtrack