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“If you want to live the fullness of your life—if you want to be free—you must understand, first, why you are not free, what keeps you from being free. The word prison comes from the Latin praehendere, meaning to seize, grasp, capture. A prison doesn’t have to be a physical place; it can be anything your mind creates. What has taken ahold of you? The natural process of socialization requires that the individual be influenced by Shoulds in order to function as a part of society. However, as you grow up, it is healthy to be self-aware about the Shoulds you inherited. You might value and keep some Shoulds, while others you might choose to discard. If you want to know Must, get to know Should. This is hard work. Really hard work. We unconsciously imprison ourselves to avoid our most primal fears. We choose Should because choosing Must is terrifying, incomprehensible. Our prison is constructed from a lifetime of Shoulds, the world of choices we’ve unwittingly agreed to, the walls that alienate us from our truest, most authentic selves. Should is the doorkeeper to Must. And just as you create your prison, you can set yourself free.”
ELLE LUNA, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“If you’re not prioritizing the things you say you care about, consider the possibility that you don’t actually care about those things.”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“And if, for some awful reason, you forget that money is a game, a make-believe concept that some people invented, you could be led back into the complex layered world of Should. And here, the loss isn’t a financial one. You are the cost. Is it worth it?”
ELLE LUNA, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“All too often, we feel that we are not living the fullness of our lives because we are not expressing the fullness of our gifts.”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“We each have unique potential that was given to us at birth, but whether or not we cultivate it is entirely up to us. In its purest sense, Must is why we are here to begin with, and choosing it is the journey of our lives.”
ELLE LUNA, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“It is here, standing at the crossroads of Should and Must, that we feel the enormous reality of our fears, and this is the moment when many of us decide against following our intuition, turning away from that place where nothing is guaranteed, nothing is known, and everything is possible.”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“And the room replied—“It’s time to paint.”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“It is a natural process to become your own person, to find your voice, convictions, and opinions, and to challenge and shed the Shoulds that no longer serve your evolving beliefs.”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“Should is how other people want us to live our lives. It’s all of the expectations that others layer upon us.

Sometimes, Shoulds are small, seemingly innocuous, and easily accommodated. “You should listen to that song,” for example. At other times, Shoulds are highly influential systems of thought that pressure and, at their most destructive, coerce us to live our lives differently.

When we choose Should, we’re choosing to live our life for someone or something other than ourselves. The journey to Should can be smooth, the rewards can seem clear, and the options are often plentiful.

Must is different. Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. It’s that which calls to us most deeply. It’s our convictions, our passions, our deepest held urges and desires — unavoidable, undeniable, and inexplicable. Unlike Should, Must doesn’t accept compromises.

Must is when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own — and this allows us to cultivate our full potential as individuals. To choose Must is to say yes to hard work and constant effort, to say yes to a journey without a road map or guarantees, and in so doing, to say yes to what Joseph Campbell called “the experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

Choosing Must is the greatest thing we can do with our lives.”
ELLE LUNA
“When you’re stuck, when you need a jolt, when you crave to see things from a new perspective, it’s time to play.”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“Just because something is valuable doesn’t mean that we need it.”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“We unconsciously imprison ourselves to avoid our most primal fears. We choose Should because choosing Must is terrifying, incomprehensible.”
ELLE LUNA, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path,” Joseph Campbell”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“When we discover our Must, the brain’s most primal, protective center gets alarmed. The riot gear is called forth. Defense mechanisms go up. Because choosing Must raises very real and scary questions.”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“I felt that I had entered one of the most creative periods of my life. But it was neither balanced nor sustainable, and I sensed that I was quickly approaching a crossroads in my life.”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“you’re not holding a book of answers, because only you know those; you’re holding a collection of the most effective questions”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“When you decide to look for your dreams in real life, where do you go?”
Elle Luna
“How will you inspire others? Will you even know? Will it be because they see your work? Read your papers? Delight in your products? Or will it be because of that way you listen to them when they speak? How warmly you hug? How you live as you move through your days? Will it be something you say? Or some way that you say it? Or will it be the resounding peace that words cannot express? Although you might not be able to see the impact your life is having, it is there, under the surface, on another plane that we can feel but perhaps not see.”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“Our prison is constructed from a lifetime of Shoulds, the world of choices we’ve unwittingly agreed to,”
Elle Luna, The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
“I believe that when you step into uncharted territory, you are also stepping into total abandonment, potential humiliation, and a space where nothing is guaranteed; there’s no case study or roadmap. I have so much respect for anybody who will step away from what they can do in order to find what they must do. That’s a hallmark characteristic of entrepreneurs and artists. And it’s scary and exciting as all hell.”
Elle Luna


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