Step 1: Ignore the naysayers, the Debbie Downers, the "realists" who just want to discourage you. Let their words brush over and past you as you sit sipping your bubbly, preparing for your epic life.
Step 2: Act on your whims. You feel like you want to fly to Thailand on your winter break? Start looking at flights. Have the urge to take salsa lessons at the local community center Tuesday nights? Go ahead and book a class. Research the things your heart is calling out for--you don't have to actually DO them, but there's no harm in looking (and you'll probably find that starting the process of researching will help you commit to making more definite plans).
Step 3: Jump off a cliff. Or out of a plane. Or simply try a wacky dish at the Vietnamese/Thai fusion place down the road. Doing something out of your comfort zone--no matter how crazy it seems to other people--will help get you on the spirit of taking risks, which is the key to living an unconventional life. Just make sure of you so jump off that cliff, you have some bungee cords (or really strong faith).
Step 4: Commit. Commit to this life that the naysayers will naysay at. Commit to yourself and your intrinsic ability to not only succeed in following your dreams, but THRIVE as you do so. Commit to the salsa classes, to the Thailand ticket, to the fun and, at times, hectic, life of living as an artist. You can and you are able to manifest the life you want. It's just up to you to decide.
Step 5: Live an exceptionally great life and make everyone jealous. They always say the best part of anything is the journey, and your unconventional life's journey will be full of the things that people write stories about (or songs, or movies...) Not only will you be having fun and feel fulfilled, but you'll be proud knowing that you chose to yang when people yinged, stood tall when others crumpled.
These five steps will change your life. Use the courage that's on your heart to follow them. You won't regret it. After all, you're reading this post for a reason, aren't you?
Kayla Maneen recently got her BFA in Creative Writing and minored in adventure and fun. After graduation, she worked on an organic farm in Ireland and taught English in Italy, and learned all there is to know about chasing sheep and eating long, leisurely meals with family. She is adamant about teens living out their passions and reaching their highest potentials. Always follow that fire in your heart!