What we have in common is that when life gets really hard we feel great amounts of pain, or when we feel great amounts of joy, we turn to music and that’s why we’re all here in this room tonight.
And um speaking about great amounts of pain, um from talking to you so much I’ve never been so sure that it’s treacherous and difficult to be happy in 2015. I think that navigating your life, navigating your self esteem, your self-image, I think that’s harder than it’s ever been before, and I think it’s because every day, and trust me I love the internets ok, I love the good parts of the internets. But there’s also this dark side of how we’re all so, it’s so available to us to see the highlight reel of someone else’s life. All the pictures of when they look the most awesome and when they’re on some great trip, or they’re having the best time ever at a party, and you get like. In your own life you’re seeing the behind the scenes not just a highlight reel you’re seeing like when you get out of bed in the morning and you’re like oh god this is not a good hair day, this is not going good today, how are we going to fix this? Or, you’re like you feel like you don’t know where you’re supposed to go with your life or you just went through the most horrible sense of rejection because someone you know they spread a rumor about you that wasn’t true. You’re seeing all these angles of your own life and then you compare it to other people’s lives when you don’t see what they’re going through. You just see the good parts of what they’re going through. Am I right?
And so I say to you when you start to compare yourself to other people please change the channel in your mind to something else because I think that when it comes to how we see ourselves, other people are really mean, but we’re really mean to ourselves. And so it’s easy to get confused. And when you do get confused um, and you start feeling like you’re not special, or you’re not different, or you have nothing important to say, we all feel like that sometimes. What I want you to do right now, if there’s one thing you remember from tonight, remember what I’m about to say.
You need to look into the mirror in the morning and not tell yourself that you’re not special or you’re not good enough, you’re not pretty or you’re not awesome. I’m going to tell you right now the things you actually are not Ok? These are the things you really are not. You are not the opinion of somebody who doesn’t know you. You are not damaged goods just because you’ve made mistakes in your life. You are not going nowhere just because you haven’t got where you want to go yet. Those are the things you actually are not, now I want to tell you what you are. You are your own definition of beautiful and worthwhile, that’s what you are. You are someone who is wiser because you made mistakes, not damaged, wiser. You are somebody who could be at this moment right now sitting there there there there there there there you are going through whatever you are going through in your life that’s stressing you out or confusing you and making you feel upset. But you got out of bed, and you put on an awesome outfit and you came to a concert and now we are all having the best time ever on a Wednesday night.
You know it’s not about perfection, it’s about just getting on with things sometimes. Sometimes you just get credit for getting up and going on with things, you don’t have to do it perfectly. And I think that we mistake our mistakes for damage and we think other people will judge us for them. But I want you to know that the way I see mistakes, they don’t make you damaged – they make you clean
—  Taylor Swift (Manchester 24-06-15)

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Saying that I’m proud of this man is reductive, I don’t think it even exist a word to explain what I feel for this man. Two years ago, when the tour started, no one could imagine how far he will come with his voice. It has been a rollercoster ride but this man has never given up or quit, even when he thought about it. He showed us and the world what he’s made of and he might be not the tallest man in the world but he has the biggest and strongest heart. Thank you, Brian, for being always one of the most inspiring person in my life. Thank you for all your hard work, your tears and your smiles. @leighlittrell @backstreetboys #brianlittrell #backstreetboys #myinspiration #myhero #untilthenextalbumand tour #cantwaitforyournextsoloalbum

Be a Renaissance Man.

Leonardo da Vinci’s unparalleled genius has percolated inspiration through the last five centuries, as the most ideal & masterful Renaissance man.

Is there anyone in this world who isn’t or hasn’t been at some point, in love with Leonardo da Vinci?

The more I read and learn about this man, the more I want to channel his spirit and adapt to his methodology. As a restless artist and a (self-proclaimed) Renaissance man, I’ve followed Leonardo da Vinci for as long as I can remember.

I love history. A love affair dating back to childhood. To see how quickly humanity has come to be what it is today and to make connections from the historical events to my life is simply amazing. We are a part of it. Talking about the Italian Renaissance, this period was something different. It was some kind of colorful, creative and imaginative way of life, where people simply said yes to life in all it’s infinite complexity.

A way of life which you can certainly embrace by reawakening your Renaissance spirit. i.e Learning to be the artist of your destiny & being the master of your own life. It would open up a whole new world of possibilities where anything is possible with fueling of imagination & creativity.

One of the most fascinating and mind-boggling things about history for me is that we never know how much of the part is really true. I feel History is a lie that is manipulated by people who have suppressed the truth. Centuries from now, your own history will also be suppressed.

But for now,

Embrace the beautiful mess you are at any given point, with an overdose of passion, your face shaped like a question mark & find answers to things you don’t understand ;)