Humans are beautiful. We’re kind. We’re compassionate. We show empathy. We try to understand each other. We communicate. We listen. We lend a helping hand.

We do the most ridiculous things. We celebrate the day someone came into the world, we celebrate days of the week and months of the year, we celebrate two people joining in love, we celebrate the lives lived of those who have passed. Humans celebrate every tiny victory. And you know what? That’s what makes life so worth living.

It’s the people. It’s all about the people. It’s always been about the people.

We feel so deeply. We’re storytellers. We express our stories in ways that we know how. Some express through music, through writing, through speaking, and some through not saying anything at all. We give the world a little piece of us with everything we do – with every song we sing, every piece we perform, every person we speak to – we give ourselves away, we open the doors and say “here I am, world, here is what I have to offer, and here is what I’m most proud of. What do you think of me?” There’s nothing more terrifying and more vulnerable than self-expression, but I also believe there’s nothing more rewarding. And whether they tell you or not, someone, somewhere will be changed forever by the bold move you made to give the world a piece of yourself that you wanted to keep locked away. Because by doing so you have made the world a much less “look at me, look at the amazing things I can do” and more of a “wow, she struggles with those things too. Wow, she fails sometimes too.”

We all want to feel accepted. We all want to feel understood. What better way to do so than to give 100% of who you are to the world? Because I guarantee someone needs a person like you to cross their path. And how unfortunate would it be if you were pretending to be someone you aren’t when that person needed the real you most.

Being vulnerable is hard. It’s terrifying. We don’t want people to judge us. But this fear strips the world of every unique and insane idea you have inside your head. Lay it all out there. Love the people. Trust the people.

People put us in our darkest days and people bring us out of them, too. And sometimes we’re the cause of our own destruction and our own salvation.

I love the people. No matter how hard they can be, I will always love them with every piece of me. Let’s keep loving the people.

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