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Hi guys and gals,

I am reading a book called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Literally this is one of the best books I have read in a while, and it is just perfect for me in this time of my life. (Does that ever happen to you? Sometimes I’ll buy a book and it will sit on my shelf for months or even years before I actually pick it up and when I do it seems like the timing is almost too perfect…isnt that so cool? I just love when that happens. I digress)

So this book rules. I just read a chapter called “Entitlement.” The moment I saw the title I rolled my eyes, assuming this was going to be some parental lecture about how entitlement is bad. entitlement is something you have to work for and earn. I was pleasantly surprised when I read what she had to say about it and I am so glad I did.

Now to just get it out of the way I understand that sometimes entitlement is unpleasant. When people act like princes and princesses, reckless with how their actions affect others. This is honestly rare and doesn’t exist in most people. Most people are terrified of feeling entitled.

I (and Elizabeth Gilbert) am here to tell you that you are entitled. Just by being a human here on earth right now you are entitled to lots of stuff. You are entitled to happiness, joy, love, compassion. You are entitled to absolutely love your life. To enjoy every day. This does not need to be earned. You, by simply being you, deserve this.

Somewhere along the line our society has told us that we must suffer through the majority of our lives in order to “earn” or be “entitled” to happiness. It’s just not true. It’s bullshit really.

To me entitlement means complete self love. Loving yourself so much that you wont stand to be treated badly, or to work away your life in misery.

Entitlement to me means to create anything and everything that makes me happy. No I didn’t go to art school, and no I probably don’t qualify as “talented” by most standards but I still paint every week. No I am not the most flexible or strong yogi but I still teach it and share my classes. No I am no Adele, but I still belt it out in the car. Why? Because I’m fuckin entitled, thats why.

So next time you hear some news anchor call our generation “entitled” you can smile and say yes, yes we are.

We are not lazy, stupid, foolish, or princes/princesses, we are entitled to enjoy our life and to do so with out any self judgement. Because we are alive and we want to live. And we do it now. We are not waiting. We are done working our asses off like slaves and then hoping to have fun in retirement. We are going to have fun now. If that pisses you off then maybe you should try it. Try having fun now. Creating now. Being passionate right now.

My generation watched our parents and grandparents work their butts off. We watched them get good educations, secure good jobs, work those jobs for years and years, only to watch them get to the end of the game where the promises were said to be and they weren’t.

All we hear about on the news today is about how none of the “promises” will be there for our generation. Social Security will be gone, the market will crash, green house gasses and apocalypse at any moment……excuse us for living it up while we can.

So when my generation watches those before us and decides to take a different route, instead of saying we are entitled brats, maybe think of us as a part of human evolution. Maybe remember that if every generation did exactly what those before them did we would still be in the stone ages. Know that every generation is entitled to do whatever they want. Also know, that we are doing things different because you taught us to. We are a product of those before us.

Every person is entitled. There is no “earning” happiness, only choosing it.

Today, choose happiness! Rock the fuck out, paint like hell, and dance like a maniac. Take a million selfies of your silly smiling self and post all of them to Facebook. I will like every single one. Enjoy your life, be proud of your life, and share it for the world to see.

Elizabeth Gilbert wrote in her book Big Magic: “Whether you are young or old we need your work in order to enrich and inform our own lives.”

(To give you some context when she says “work” she means your creative work, your passion, your art, your music, your thoughts. She’s telling you to sing and then write about it. Go jump off a cliff and then post about it. Climb a mountain and take a video of it. SHARE. We learn it when we are young and then somehow forget it when we grow up. Sharing is caring. Share your life. Share your dreams. It’s how we evolve, its how we learn and grow together.)

Thanks for reading,

I will always be here sharing.

Love and light!



Haley Anne