Erika Petrelli
Erika Petrelli

To the wild ones

To the strong ones

To the beautiful ones

To the gentle ones

To the kind ones

To the fierce ones

To YOU, who love this life so much it makes you cry just for living in it.

To YOU, who make this world a better place every day you wake up in it.

To YOU, who make someone’s heart smile.

To you.

I love the quote “To the world, you may be one person… but to one person, you may be the world.” It’s credited to a hundred different people, but whoever said it first—it’s just exactly right.

Trust me, there is a person out there who you are the world to. You are the world—the sun, the moon, the earth, and the entire galaxy.  Yes, you are that special. Yes, you are that important. Yes, you matter that much.

Please don’t forget that.

Don’t forget that …

You are remarkable

You are breathtaking

You are unforgettable

In these uncertain and muddy times, it can be much easier to forget how spectacular you truly are.  It can be much easier to say Holy Crap Do I Suck At Life Right Now.

And look, you might suck at life right now; yes, you might. I’m not here to debate about that.  I’m just here to remind you that you are spectacular too.

You are spectacular. You are like a taco on a Tuesday. You are the first cup of coffee in the morning. You are the best song that comes on the car radio when you have the windows down.

If life is trying to convince you otherwise, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE A FREAKING TACO.

And I, for one, am so glad the universe conspired to bring you into it.

So, go be a taco this week.

(And if you happen to notice someone whose light seems to have dimmed, someone who has lost sight of their taco status? Maybe you can remind them, too.)

Erika Petrelli

By Erika Petrelli

Erika Petrelli is the Senior Vice President of Leadership Development (and self-declared Minister of Mischief) for The Leadership Program, a New York City-based organization. With a Masters degree in Secondary Education, Erika has been in the field of teaching and training for decades, and has been with The Leadership Program since 1999. There she has the opportunity to nurture the individual leadership spirit in both students and adults across the country, through training, coaching, keynotes, and writing. The legacy Erika strives daily to create is to be the runway upon which others take flight. If you enjoy these blogs, you should check out her interactive journal, On Wings & Whimsy: Finding the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary, now available for sale on Amazon. While her work takes her all around the country, Erika calls Indiana home.