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Lynn Zavaro Lynn Zavaro writer. creator. game maker.

Lynn Zavaro guides others to know themselves and create the life they want. She's a writer, painter, teacher, and the creator of The Game of You. [www.gameofyou.com]

Underneath my high school senior yearbook picture I wrote the words “Dare to Fail Brilliantly,” without really understanding the scope of what that meant. Now, after all these years, I finally understand what it means to take a real, healthy risk, like a child who picks up a brush to paint and just goes for it. He creates and doesn’t worry about what it looks like. He’s not ashamed. Maybe he paints a big, ugly fire-breathing dragon and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. He doesn’t think to himself They’ll think I’m bad and psychologically troubled if I draw a fire-breathing dragon. No, he just draws the wild dragon with total freedom and abandon.

Someone once asked me what I wanted most in life. I said, “To be happy.” That’s all. I just wanted to be happy. It seemed easy, and yet so far out of reach. So I began my inner journey and realized that happiness couldn’t come unless I knew myself. And to know myself, I had to figure out what had meaning for me. Meaning took time to discover. It took inward reflection, self-awareness, and true understanding of my values, where I came from, and what I wanted to create.

In my twenties, an old Southern friend of mine would say to me, “Lynn, when you gonna stop starin’ at your own bellybutton?” I learned then that I needed to observe myself and my life with a wider-angled lens. With intention, I pulled the camera out from the close-up I had looked at for so long and saw a broader perspective. I stopped believing the constructs I had built up around myself that limited me, and opened to a 360-degree view. I asked myself What if there were no mistakes in life and I could be spontaneous? What if I wasn’t afraid to express what feels authentic or true in me? What if there was nothing to lose?

Every day, I look for ways to straighten my arms above my head, let my feet go, and dive off the high board. There’s never any guarantee about how I’ll land, but as I move into the gap and face the unknown I find happiness in loving the wondrous creativity it holds.

– Lynn Zavaro

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