Growing up can be tough, especially when you have to come to terms with some harsh realities. No matter how evolved and sophisticated our society becomes, there’s no escaping the natural laws that govern us. The only thing we can control is our subjective reality, based on our beliefs.

But facing reality does not have to reduce you to a cynic. You can transmute the pain into a more solid perspective on life that’s rooted in reality and remove the sting from the process of maturation by committing yourself to truth and honesty.

This week I share some thoughts on how you can experience personal freedom by letting go of any illusions, fanciful hopes, and fictitious narratives based on ‘how you wish things were’. I also share the top five realities that I’ve learned to accept and grow from.