“It’s all in your head…” I shrug as someone tells me that. “Yeah, yeah, yeah… Of course, its all in my head, it has nothing to do with reality…” And bam! just like that, it hit me. It is in my head and that is all that matters in the end really, because it is my reality and so it will come true!
You see, we are what we think. It’s true! So whatever it is that’s circling around in our head, it becomes a reality – at least 99% of the time.

Once upon a time… There was a little dreamer

Let’s consider a story shall we – because we all love a good story. 
Once upon a time there was a little girl, a dreamer, a seeker. She lived in her head majority of the time, conjuring up stories and fantastical worlds. She believed she was a mermaid and had magical traits. So she’d wake up every day and wear her swim suit and go swimming. She’d swim for hours on end pretending she’s somewhere deep in the ocean. She’d go underwater and swim while her chest touched the floor of the pool. She’d summersault into the pool pretending she’s jumping off of a rock. She’d do this every day of the week for the entirety of summer and before she knew it she became so good at swimming that she wasn’t far from being a mermaid – minus the fins and a tail of course.
However, once the summer ended and she was unable to swim in the coldness of the water, her focus drifted. She soon started reading about the jungle, about the adventures on the land. “An adventuress…” she muttered under her breath while she read about the stories of travelling to far away lands and meeting enchanted people. Making up her mind, she now considered herself a wanderess. Waking up early one morning, she packed her little backpack and decided to explore the surroundings of her neighbourhood – which was nothing like the enchanting lands but to her all it took was a little bit of imagination to make it so. So, she decided to climb a neighbours tree pretending its one in the Amazon, however, she got caught by the said neighbour who yelled from afar while running towards her to catch her. She jumped off and ran, pretending he was some hunter after her.
And thus, her days changed as her dreams in her head. One day she’d be a hunteress, while another day she’d be a little hermit tucked away in her room reading a book. No matter what the story was, she lived it. She was constantly told that she was a little out of it, that she was out of touch with reality. But she never paid attention to any of that. Despite having days when she doubted herself and allowed the negative thoughts to circle around her head – she wouldn’t allow them to stay for too long and would protect her dreams from her doubts, her fears.
Fast forward several years, she grew up to become a storyteller – living and breathing stories – that allowed her to explore as well. A storyteller and a wanderess. She became the stories and the imaginations she collected in her head all those years! For you see, she could have easily strayed away from this path by becoming afraid, by doubting herself and taking the path that was beaten down for years by everyone else. And no one would have considered it unusual, in fact they would have applauded her for not risking it, for not straying away from the path everyone took, for being safe. But she didn’t. She believed that she could turn her dreams into a reality and so she did. She didn’t actually possess any special powers or traits other than the power of believing herself, her mind. Since she believed all that was in her head, it became her reality.

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right

Henry Ford
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An Adventurer Who Lost His Head Way…

Let’s consider another type of a story for a moment.
There was a boy who had all these interesting thoughts circling in his mind. The thoughts would often be nothing short of a wonder. He dreamed of travelling, of being on an adventure for the rest of his life. And so, he did. He travelled and explored, overcoming unthinkable obstacles and discovering mind-blowing places. Until one day, he was told that he was too reckless and needed to really check himself before he wrecked himself. At first, the boy didn’t pay much attention, he carried on as he always did and everything seemed to go well. However, one day, something didn’t go as planned, the way he anticipated it to and just like that he remembered how he was told he was too reckless. Now, even though the obstacle he faced was overcome and he was past it, the boy could not shake off that thought: how he almost wrecked himself. Slowly, the thought took control and the boy started to become more and more careful with each step he took moving forward. As days went by, the slower his steps became. Before he could realize it, the boy had completely transformed from the adventurer that he was to a careful, calculated person who now never pursued anything if it had any amount of risks involved all because of his fear of possibly wrecking himself.
Now, this may seem like an understandable development. However, you see, the boy almost always overcame all the obstacles he faced prior to that thought that currently lingers in his head because he believed that he could, that no matter what he could always rely on himself to get out of any rut, any obstacle. But once that thought contaminated his mind and took over all the other thoughts, the boy was unable to overcome any of the new obstacles even though they all were nearly identical to the ones he overcame in the past.
His ability to face the obstacles did not change, however, his beliefs did and that was all that mattered. The belief that he was now unable to pursue his adventures was all his mind’s manifestation and didn’t have much merit out of it, it was all in his head… but it was all that mattered in the end because he stopped, he quit.

The Moral of the Stories

You see, there is something common in the two stories: they were both dreamers, they both had it all in their heads. However, one decided to protect her head while the other didn’t. Thus, their abilities and their fates changed based on whatever they decided to nest in their heads.
What I am trying to say is, you become what you think. If you think you can’t do it, you’re right, you can’t. If you think you can then you most definitely will. We become what we think we are, it has nothing to do with our potential, for it is as limitless as our beliefs in ourselves and our dreams.

You Are Always Right

Therefore, it is vital to protect your head, to be aware of the thoughts that circle it. If you constantly thinking that you are unable, that you can’t achieve your dreams for so and so reasons, it will come out to be true: it’s called self-fulfilling prophecy. And it goes the other way around as well. If you believe that no matter how unreal your ambitions are to everyone else, they’re real to you and you will achieve them, you will.
You are always right. You just need to decide what it is that you want to be right about. For, it is all in your head and that is all that makes the difference, trust me.

xo fatima

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Fatima Zehra

Fatima Zehra

A dreamer and a storyteller at heart, Fatima's aim in life is to live as creatively as possible while inducing intention in everything she does as of late. It is because of such intention that Soul of Orion was born. A playground free of rules, fear of expectations and the likes, where she can freely express herself and her work as well as chronicle her journey of being, called life.