Sing it with me. You know you want to. Belt it out. Right here, right now.
“It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood. A beautiful day for a neighbor. Could you be mine? Would you be mine?…. I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you. So let’s make the most of this beautiful day. Since we’re together, we might as well say: Would you be mine, could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor.”
Here’s the thing.
In this hyper-connected world, we are all neighbors. We have access to one another, like it or not.
And it’s not going away.
We have a choice to make in how we interact with one another as “neighbors”.
I choose to be the best neighbor I can. I choose to wake up each day and make you think, smile, move and laugh. I’m like Wilson, and you’re Tim the Toolman Taylor.
I want to make you believe in yourself.
You become what you believe.
You know that saying “fake it until you make it”? Sometimes as adults we need to play a little make believe. We need to MAKE ourselves BELIEVE we can do something. When we believe we can, we WILL.
Here’s a perfect example.
My best friend from high school ran cross country with me. She hated it, and she wasn’t very fast. She did it more for the social aspect.
A little over a year ago, she made herself believe she was a runner.
She ran a few shorter races, gained some confidence and ran Dam to Dam (just short of a half marathon) last summer, ran her first marathon, and then ran the Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon just a few weeks ago.
She pushed through an injury and 10 mile an hour winds she endured for 6+ miles.
And she qualified for Boston.
Don’t think for a second that Make Believe is just for kids.
Find something you want to do (especially something that scares you). Something that will make you a better version of yourself.
And MAKE yourself BELIEVE you can do it.