“You take up space. Own it.”
This was the quote on my GT’s kombucha bottle today, and it resonated with me so much that I had to write about it.
Because it is so true.
As humans, we take up space. A lot of it. You take up space wherever you are, and you have taken up space wherever you have been. This is just what it means to physically exist in this world. But because we are on this earth — because we take up space each an every day — why wouldn’t we take advantage of that? Why wouldn’t we “own it”?
You have the power of choice. Sure, we cannot always control our circumstances, but we can control how we react to our circumstances, our environment, and the world around us. And we have the power to choose what we do with the space we have.
I think I spent way too much of my space sulking in it. I went through a rough patch in high school when I just spent so much time feeling sorry for myself and wanting to be anywhere but where I was. And even in college, I sometimes can fall into a little slump here and there. But rough patches are just a state of mind, and you can get out of your slump if you try hard enough — if you decide that the slump doesn’t exist.
I take up space, and so I choose to own that space. To make that space mine. To leave my mark on the world in a positive way, while also creating positivity within myself.
And owning your space can come in many different forms. For me, a senior in college, I own my space by studying the discipline that makes me the happiest. I take control of my life and decide when I do not want to be upset anymore, or how I react to things — when something bothers me or when I realize that I am dwelling on something way too much, I change that. I move on. Or at least, I tell myself I have moved on until I actually have (hey, faking it till you make it is a real thing, people!). I own my space by making the decisions that are right for me, and by deciding what makes me happy without spending so much time (or rather, any time at all) caring about what others think of me and my life.
To me, owning your space means owning your life. Deciding that you are in charge of your own happiness. Living unapologetically how you want. Radiating kindness. And having faith in the universe for bringing you here in this moment, because if this is your only life on earth, then you better own it.