To truly change your life, you have to get out of your comfort zone. You have to do the one thing you're terrified to do...CHANGE. That is the only way to grow and transform your life. To live the life you want to live, you must get out of your comfort zone and take some risks. What you give to the world comes back to you tenfold. If your life has been all wrong up until this moment, then do the opposite. If all your decisions have been wrong then doing the opposite must be right.
If you are compelled to write, paint, build, climb a mountain, swim with sharks, start a business or anything else that will positively affect your life and the lives of others, then please act on your compulsions. These intrinsic desires are those evolutionary compulsions of transformation.
Each day these kids are bullied, their hurt turns into anger, their anger turns into hate, their hate turns into rage, their rage turns into homicidal fantasies. We all know what comes next. So, is it really assault weapons that are causing these problems?! These same type of kids are doing the same type of shootings all around the nation. Is it really a mental health issue? I believe to some degree it is definitely part of the problem. If you were treated in this manner day in and day out you too might develop mental health issues or progress the ones that already exist. I'm not justifying their thoughts or actions; I'm trying to paint a picture of your standard school shooter.
I'm not declaring you shouldn't be fearful of people, things, situations, or circumstances. That fear may be rationalized by hard evidence to support such an emotional response. Fear is present to protect you from that particular person, thing, or situation. I'm referring to fear that cannot be rationalized by hard evidence; unjustified fear based on irrational logic.
Those diplomas or impressive GPAs don't mean SHIT in the game of life. They are significant achievements, so be proud of them. Take considerable pride in the lessons or intangible assets you acquire during the journey; these are priceless. Pursue your goals without limitations. Be open-minded and embrace the lessons learned during the journey. Those lessons are invaluable. Those lessons will take you farther in life than any piece of paper mounted on your wall.
Every day on this planet is an opportunity to enjoy life. Each day is an opportunity you will never, ever get back. I'll do it tomorrow turns into I'll do it next week. I'll do it next week turns into I'll do it next month and so on. You are not guaranteed the rest of the day, much less hoping for tomorrow, next month, or next year.
All kids want is for YOU to spend time with them. Get out there and have an epic sword fight or Nerf gun war with all YOUR kids. Live in the moment; live each day like a kid without a care.