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When I heard Steve Jobs passed away I was, like everyone else, feeling a deep sense of gratitude and awe for a life well lived. Soon after quotes from him streamed through Twitter like a roaring river and this one stuck in me all day like a sword that pierced my heart.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address

This is what it’s all about for me. I sat here tonight thinking about my upcoming keynote speech for Fantasia Fair about our gender diverse kids and it really all boils down to this- standing in our truth. Our life doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s life. Pave your own way. Listen to your gut. Be courageous. Know that what you feel is right. It feels like Steve Jobs was talking to our kids, not a college graduates. But are major life lessons any different? Our kids are just learning the this wisdom now so that they will be stronger as they grow older. And I’m grateful.

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