“Now here I go again I see with crystal vision…I keep my visions to myself….”
-Fleetwood Mac, Dreams
I’m young…24 years young to be exact. With my youth, I have dreams, goals, and aspirations that I can see clear as day. I envision myself living stress free with the ones that I hold nearest and dearest to my heart; being able to share valuable experiences as we all grow older and become wiser as I mature. I envision myself in the future looking back into my past, telling myself, “everything you’ve worked for was worth the life you’re living now.” I envision genuine laughter, genuine freedom, and overall genuine happiness.
Last month, I took yet another trip to Los Angeles, a place that I’m beginning to claim as my second home. It wasn’t the club nights or the drinks that brought me euphoria, but the mere fact of knowing there’s more to the life I already know is what really brought me true joy. Needless to say, I came back to New York City, and in all honesty I came back an unhappy man. Some may wonder, “why the sudden unhappiness? You were just all smiles not too long ago!” To be very candid, the unhappiness stems from the current position I am in life.
It was this second visit to LA that made me realize I’m not taking the chances necessary to reach the utmost peak of success I know I can achieve. My trip made me realize that I’m not using my talents to their greatest potential. Quite frankly, the life that I’m living is full of fear, angst, and to sum it all up I’m cheating myself out of a massive deal of things. Although I work hard in terms of the job that I hold, I’m working hard for very little reward and putting my dreams and aspirations aside for mediocrity. I’ve cried oceans of tears and spent sleepless nights writing papers and amplifying skills to receive a piece of paper, and what do I have to show for it? Fear, angst, and mediocrity.
With all of this being acknowledged, I’m acknowledging that it is finally time that I step out of the darkness and into the light. It is time that I step out of my comfort zone and do whatever is necessary–and of course ethical–to reach the pinnacle of prosperity I know I deserve. There will be things that some people may agree with, while others may look at me and think it’s not what I should do. However, it is not their life that I’m living; it’s my life, my time. Success is one of those roads with many potholes, speed bumps, and other obstacles, and I am ready to withstand all trials and endure all injuries along the way to achieve the stability I crave. Anyone who knows me knows that I see myself as a Phoenix incarnate; it’s about time that I fly towards the sun and shine brightly in this world. I have a mission that must be fulfilled, and those who truly are a part of my team will stand besides me, no matter the circumstances. It’s time that I turn my dreams into reality.