To illuminate possibilities. I didn’t know the greatest things in my life could exist until I first experienced them, and I believe there’s even more waiting to be discovered.

How I strive to achieve this.

Tell the truth, to myself as well as others. Relationships that aren’t built on authenticity won’t last. To find and share meaningful perspectives, I must be forthright about who I am and what matters to me.

Exercise the freedom to follow my gut. If I care about something, I must make time for it—I don’t view it as a choice. Forfeiting what matters to me is the best way to lose the energy that makes living and learning exciting.

Experiment when faced with the unknown. I’ll never know everything, but I have the opportunity to learn more every day. Trying new things is essential for me to gain experience, even if the outcome is less than favorable; regretting not trying is worse than failing.

Lead by example. Being living proof of something is more effective than convincing people through logic. When I encounter people who collide with my values, I’ve found that being true to myself is the best gift I can give another.