The Secret Handbook 4 Teens

Wake Up 2 Who U R

“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” ~Alan Watts

Who are you? If you ask yourself “Who am I” what’s the real answer? What are you really telling yourself? Do you imagine yourself as someone who is happy, confident, loving and someone who achieves their goals or do you imagine yourself as someone who just sort of gets by, that life is good enough, or perhaps something even more negative?

We tell ourselves stories all the time about who we are but these are just that, stories. They are images of who we think we should be or, worse yet, who we want to be for others. We eat, breathe and live these stories until we believe them. We become a piece of fiction, one we’ve authored or one that’s been authored for us.

You need to let go of these stories to become the real you. It’s scary, don’t get me wrong. I say this as if it’s easy to just say, “Oh, I don’t really want to be that way. I think I’ll let my True Self come out today.” Sorry, it’s not that easy. But can you imagine what might happen if you really let your heart and spirit speak? What does that little flame of you flickering deep down inside look like? What would happen if you gave it some oxygen to let it burn brightly? What would happen if you let go of that imaginary you and woke up to the real you? I get excited just thinking about it.

I see the amazing potential in you. I see you struggling with what others want you to be and who you want to be for them. I see you quickly snatching up the real you when it tries to sneak out lest someone discover who you really are. I see you dousing the flame of your True Self every day just to fit in and get by.

It’s ok to let go. Slowly and surely start to open your eyes. Day by day let little pieces of yourself start to emerge. Realize that it’s ok to be you. The real you.

It’s time to wake up.

One kind word can change someone’s entire day (including your own).

kindness grafitti

Start your Monday off on the right foot by being kind to someone today.

Tell someone you like their outfit.

Ask them how their weekend was.

Simply smile as you pass them in the hallway.

Not only will they feel better, you will too.



“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.”

– Michael Singer

It’s Monday. The start of a new week. It’s sorta like New Year’s Day! Resolve to make the most of it. Take a deep breath. Start over. Take a risk. Live big.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.

–Mark Twain