If I'm an advocate for anything, it's to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.

—Anthony Bourdain

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.

—Anthony Bourdain

“Do You” vs. “Be Like Me”

There are two kinds of people:

  • Those who encourage you to be the best version of you and will support you as long as you’re happy & healthy (and don’t hurt anyone else’s happiness/health).

  • Those who push you to be more like them, because if you don’t, then something is “wrong” with you.

Sometimes people use "respect" to mean "treating someone like a person," and sometimes they use "respect" to mean "treating someone like an authority."

And sometimes people who are used to being treated like an authority say, "if you won't respect me, I won't respect you," and they mean "if you won't treat me like an authority, I won't treat you like a person."

And they think they're being fair but they aren't, and it's not okay.

Love is a Verb

When people say, "you have to love yourself first," it means more than just being able to look yourself in the mirror and say, "I love myself" and "I'm comfortable in my own skin."

Loving yourself is about those little acts you make every day that strengthen your mind, body, and spirit.

Just a reminder:

  • we have all done unforgivable things
  • we have all wanted to punch holes in a wall
  • we have all made someone cry
  • we have all let someone down
  • we have all had a broken heart
  • we have all told a lie
  • we have all wanted to throw our life away
  • we have all stayed up late overthinking
  • we are all humans and we are trying to do better today than we did yesterday