“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
I was twenty years old and driving down a highway in rural Alabama, approaching a humongous junkyard full of rusted vehicles, when I encountered a sign that has had tremendous impact upon my life. On the fence surrounding the junkyard was a sign that read "It's Your Life". Those words pleasantly haunt me every time I start to settle for less, every time I think of conforming, and every time I think of accepting comfortable.
When I find that I'm doing what is easy or expected of me I remember that it's my life, swallow my fear and say to myself "Let's do this". I only feel fully alive when I'm going against the grain, taking a risk, and doing it my way.