Follow Your Heart

Our existence, our lives are not black and white. It’s not a simple case of we’re born, we breathe for a bit and then we die.

Anyone who disagrees could possibly end up leading a relatively dull and uninteresting life. And quite possibly one full of regrets.

Life is about magic, it’s about adventure, wherever and whenever you find it. I don’t mean we all have to go climb mountains or swim with dolphins, it can creep up on you at any time, when you’re least expecting it. And when it does you have to make a choice.

Do you follow your head, choose the safe option, stick with what you know, or do you take a chance and follow your heart.

We are all here for just the briefest moment in time. It may seem like eternity when you’re looking forward, but when you look back it appears to have gone in a heartbeat. If you find something or someone that moves you, and you will know when you find it, grab it or them with both hands and don’t look back.

Your sensible brain will do everything in its power to stop you so you have to be prepared to fight. It will throw doubt after doubt your way and will wear you down with logic and reason.

And before you completely write it off and stick with the status quo, look closely and ask yourself how great your life really is, then imagine how amazing it could be with a sprinkling of magic.

The sad truth is that so many people get to a place where they look back at a lifetime of missed opportunities, at what might have been. How different, how much more magical their lives might have turned out if they had only had the courage to listen to their hearts.

None of us want to hurt animals. Our hearts are screaming at us that it’s wrong but we just can’t stop. Our sensible brain tells us it’s OK, it’s natural, normal and necessary.

And rather than follow our hearts we keep doing what we’ve always done, we push it to the back of our minds and carry on as before.

Love is not a crime. It’s not a bad thing and it’s OK to admit you feel it. Not every chance you take will work out but you’ll never know unless you are brave enough to try.

Nick Bean

Environmentalist, activist, writer and public speaker. Decided to "Go Vegan" at the age of four.

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