Religious, spiritual, or otherwise, I believe we are all on a journey. We can make it our own in a way, but its more like the journey makes us. I’m a firm believer that if we refuse change, we sacrifice progress. Our journey can not continue if we sit stagnant, dreaming of what could be.
Progressively before launching my web site, I was rapidly becoming disenchanted with my weekend job. I picked that job up when I was 7 months pregnant with my baby boy, and it was perfect for what I needed at that time in my life. Since that time, much has changed. The job has been making me miserable, but I felt stuck. Money is tight, and it’s difficult to find a way to bring in an income when you have an infant to tend to during the day, no matter how cute he is. Long story short, I knew I needed out, but I needed a sign. Then I got one. A few, actually.
Suddenly one day it was like napalm hit the fire inside me that always wanted to be an artist. I started having detailed daydreams of travelling the world and crafting stories out of the best action in the mountain biking world. I wake up from heart pounding dreams of world cup races and incredible riding events. I’ve gone through every photo on my laptop, every writing. I pulled out my camera, and started practicing my photography wherever and whenever I could get a chance. I knew the time was now.
I took the signs to heart and have never looked back. I launched my site and managed to acquire a bit of an audience. I could not believe how much happier I was when I finally allowed myself to follow my dream, even though at first it was nerve wracking. Fate has a way of convincing you to follow your path, even when uncertainty leaves you hesitant. Today, I’m literally living my dream. I’m doing what I have always wanted to do, and loving every second of it.
Once I launched my site, I had already made my mind up to pursue this with everything I could give it. I work on my site like most people work their jobs, minus the time I spend being with my family. Still, most of you know the creative world of professions is the absolute hardest to break into. It takes dedication, passion, and an audience. If you build off of these, you can succeed, as long as you don’t let yourself fail. Never give up on what fuels your fire. Never settle for less than what you always wanted. You’ll never know what could happen if you never try. Success is harder to accomplish than failure, but excuse the old cliche when I say, you can do anything you set your mind to.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
-Thomas A. Edison