I first read the Holstee Manifesto a few years back. It kinda blew me away because it was all the things I knew I should be doing and the reminders I needed, but all in one place. Pretty soon I was printing up miniature-sized copies and posting them outside my neighborhood coffee shop in San Diego because I felt like people had to read it. I used cheap tape and didn’t expect it to stay up for long, but miraculously it stuck to that lamppost for months. Sure, San Diego’s anemic rainfall helps, but I swear it withstood a couple downpours. I also like to believe people did read it and it made them smile, just like me.

Everyone has parts of the Manifesto that they relate to best and here are mine:

This is your life. 

As I’m fond of saying, “It’s entirely up to you how awesome your life is.” Don’t create false barriers for yourself because it’s unlikely someone is working 24/7 to deny your dreams. It’s about not letting other people tell you how to live your life. If you aren’t hurting others, do what makes you happy. Live in nine different countries and learn their languages. Get married and have 3 kids. No one else gets to decide and for good reason – they don’t know what’s best for you. Maybe you don’t always know either, but you definitely have a better grasp.

If you are looking for the love of your life, stop. They will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you love.

This is probably the golden rule of romance, but doing things you love can cure just about any blues and give you purpose. Doing what you love is really just taking care of yourself and when you do that, you’ll attract other happy, healthy people into your life.

Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them.

Having psychic powers is intriguing, but I think one of the best parts about life is not knowing what’s going to happen. It’s exciting to think about all the amazing people out there you’re going to meet and how much fun you’re going to have. Maybe the only lasting thing you’ll create is a friendship, but it could be something way more. A new community or an idea that changes the world.

Today I have an official poster print in my bedroom. The helpful reminders don’t stare me down oppressively to get my shit together, but they’re there for me when I’m frustrated, irritated or just plain sad. A slow read or two helps me restore balance and keeps me upbeat. Since Holstee became part of my life, I’ve moved to a new city and even more recently figured out a way to spend more time writing, something that absolutely makes me happier.