Here I Am, Let Me Be: Chelsea Bolt


I can’t tell if I’m lazy, or just don’t like being told what to do. I want to do things my way, in my time, and create something. Then again, I like to have some money. Alas, I have to work and keep up with society (at least a little bit).

Just because we have to function in society doesn’t mean that we have to be a dull, gray cog in a big corporate machine. Do what makes you happy and you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s what they say at least. I know it isn’t something that we can all have the luxury of doing, but there is beauty and individuality that we can all bring to the day. Take a moment to appreciate the life and freedom that you do have. Not all people are given even that small token. Make the most of every moment and work like you mean it. Strive to become the best in your field, encourage others to challenge their limits.

Motivation can make all the difference in completing the most mundane (painfully necessary) tasks. Reward yourself for completing these tasks balances the terror of being an adult. I take at least an hour to watch Netflix (Jane the Virgin anybody?) after getting off the phone with the internet service provider (God bless them and their patience with the general public). Maybe I’ll even eat a giant slice of pizza if I need it. If the real world gets a little too heavy, I may even just take a hike to get away from it all. People can live without internet, it has been done before; shout out to my grandparents who are still resisting dial-up.

Perhaps the most valuable thing is to find yourself. Who are you when no one is looking? Become best friends with that person and share them with the world. Loving who you are and sharing that love with a world that severely needs some compassion will make all the difference. Don’t give up; love and happiness are strong forces that cannot be broken.

Chelsea Bolt is an Indigo Sea Press author of the young adult novel Moonshine. For more information check out these sites:

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