Because Journey said so.
Last Saturday, while driving around with my girlfriend, I told her about an encounter I had with my mother. As my mom drove me home one day, I made her take a slight detour to see a home that I hope to buy in the near future. My girlfriend (Maria) and I often refer to this home as, “our home,” and we visit it often enough for it to be considered stalking. As we drove by the house, I confidently said to my mom, “I’m going to buy this home.” “Nice,” she responded.
As I told Maria the story, I noticed the same energy my mother had in her. “You think I’m crazy, don’t you? You think my head is in the clouds with these outlandish dreams.” “Well, yea,” she replied.
I thought back to every goal that I’ve ever had in my life. Everything I hope to achieve in this life. I look at where I’ve been and where I know I’m going. It takes a great deal of confidence in the universe and your personal abilities to affirm outlandish dreams. Sometimes I question myself, then I think about the industry people that I look up to. Issa Rae wrote, produced and directed her own YouTube series before she transitioned into a writer/producer for HBO. Tiffany Haddish was homeless while doing standup comedy shows in LA. After her performance in “Girl’s Trip,” she became one of the most talked about female comedians in 2017. My point is, your now doesn’t have to look like your future.
My now looks kinda sad. I maintain my blog all while applying and pitching to various publications. I quit my job and made it sound so glamorous. Truth is, it’s kind of scary. I left the comfort of a steady income to explore the unknown. What do I have in common with Issa and Tiffany? I’m pursing the vision I have for myself, despite the appearance of my now. Tiffany could’ve said, “I’m going to just get a job so that I can pay my rent. Comedy isn’t paying the bills,” but she didn’t. She kept going. Issa could’ve said, “There’s no point in engaging this YouTube web series. It won’t grow into anything,” but she continued until her content was widely received by television networks.
Success doesn’t happen by accident, it happens when we believe and apply ourselves.
Do I think that Maria and my mother don’t believe in my dreams? No, they believe in me. But it’s difficult to see dreams come true when you’re an unemployed dreamer. Maria went on to tell me that while she does think my head is in the clouds, she knows that I’m a hustler so I will work towards making things happen for myself. My mother believes that I’ll be successful but she may not take me seriously when I say outlandish things like, “I’m going to purchase this 2.6 million dollar home.” But I will.
In life, not everyone is going to believe in your dream. That doesn’t matter. What do YOU believe? Despite your surroundings, don’t stop believing!