Recently, I came upon the book Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian, a Lebanese-Canadian author and poet. I found that she has a great talent to express ideas in a heart-warming style. Here is an excerpt.
If you can’t stand up for what you believe in, prepare to be silenced. If you don’t have the courage to pursue your dreams, prepare for someone else reaching them. If you don’t have the strength to hold on to what really matters in your life, then prepare for it to let go of you. If you can’t take the initiative to take the step forward that will give you a better future, then prepare for that future to step further away from you. Quit blaming your surroundings for the consequences that you cause for yourself. Lead your life and follow your dreams, not people.