• Barbara Estrada

We are Capable of Big Lives

Updated: Oct 23

A couple months back while I was literally up in the air on a flight to LA, I watched this film I had been meaning to watch from a previous flight. (You tend to lose count of when you desired something when it’s all a blur)


However, this film was short from a blur. It left an impression on my life that I’ve included it in my list of life films that have made the Top 5 cut. And, to give you a piece of the greatness I experienced, let me show you this…


“We have big, beautiful brains. We invent things that fly. Fly. We write poetry. You probably hate poetry, but it’s hard to argue with ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate’ in terms of sheer beauty. We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.” -Nicola Yoon


The film is The Sun Is Also A Star.


It may seem like a corny, chick flick by judging the cover… BUT if you are a loyal reader of mine then I have faith in you as part of my audience of readers that you are bigger than judging “a book by its cover, right?”


These words, as many quotable moments from the film, remind us that “we are all capable.” If we are capable to fly, then we are capable to break from cycles that no longer serve us. I have been struggling these past 5 months as I have been candid with my readers about the “non-traditional” lifestyle that I am living.


I’m no longer working a corporate job nor am I actively applying to corporate jobs. If there’s something I’ve noticed in these 2 years post-college is the more I fight for something to work, the more I will continue to get hit in the head as a “reality check.”


It’s evident that an office job is not for me. I have to be a part of the world as the Universe demands it. Although I felt it, I wasn’t seeing it. So, what did the Universe do? Drag me. (No, not literally. I joke but…) The Universe has taught me and shown me signs that I need to start accepting.


I’ve accepted the capabilities I have to be an entrepreneur and chase my own lifestyle with an abundance mentality. This scarcity mentality is comfortable, but does it serve me? No. It only makes me feel scarce and that is crippling.


I may have had an unfortunate series of events in the past 5 months. From being salary-less to moving out of my apt, I have to see the light. It sucks. It still sucks. Nevertheless, the law of attraction is real and I’m a big believer that sometimes the unexplained can be explained through science. The rest is up to us to believe.


Now, the positive, do you feel the photo in black-and-white that I chose? That photo dates back to 2016 when I was in my last year of college at 21 years old and reporting on a national story at the U.S.-Mexico border.


I would have never imagined I’d be reporting for a major publication with an incredible cast of journalists that are now doing amazing things with renowned media outlets. Did I ever imagine this life for myself? Never. Was it real? Yes.


Am I deserving of this major milestone and more? Absolutely.


So, as those words state, I have learned that what is meant to happen is inevitable. Apply this to anything in life: career, love, family, time, etc.


After all, we are all hot, burning gases drifting. Eventually, we will burn out so make your light bright.

Gotta Go. My Higher Self is calling. -B

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