Challenge: What is burning deep inside of you? If you could spread your personal message RIGHT NOW to 1 million people, what would you say?
I could say a lot of things here. Optimism is a lot more fun than pessimism -- I definitely fall on the glass-half-full side of things and it seems to have served me well. You can do almost anything if you put your mind to it. Hard work and perseverance usually pay off. Follow your dreams.
Yadda, yadda, yadda.
While I believe these things, trite as they are, I also believe in magic, fairies, ghosts and UFO's, despite all evidence to the contrary. I was born with look-on-the-brightside blinders on. My mom's nickname in high school was Sunshine. Or Bubbles. Or both? I can't remember which, but you get the idea. I inherited quite of bit of my dad's artsy angst, but I've got a whole lot of my mom's sunny personality in me as well. I like skulls and rainbows, what can I say?
So what advice could I give that applies, no matter your outlook on life, no matter what you've experienced?
The only thing I could think of was to find your Intuition. Then, to the best of your ability, follow it. Maybe this still falls in the realm of Unicorns, but I really believe that everyone has an inner voice that will guide them if they take the time to figure it out and listen to it. For me, at least on the big questions, it requires time and solitude and patience to hear it. But once it's there, there's no mistaking it.
In short, Trust Yourself. The self that resides under all the noise, and the self-doubt, and the chaos. It's there -- just take the time to be still every once and a while, be quiet, and really, really listen.