My dream...that I'm GONNA make happen!

June 23, 2017

         At 26 years old, I am able to tell you that I already know what my purpose in life is.  Actually, before I was even eight, I knew what my passion was.  I was born to be a storyteller, an entertainer, a people’s person.  I loved to read and act out stories and I was always making them up in my own mind.  Mostly, I was doing this at my Nanny’s house where I played with my handful of cousins.  Nanny had a wonderful tree that we would all climb and as one of my favorite memories, I’ve just got to tell you, is acting out The Giving Tree on those branches!  Fun fact, I even had the whole book memorized in second grade!

     No one could ignore my eccentric behavior and my Nanny made a point to get me in community theater.  I loved it and exploring my talents even more, she taught me how to play the piano.  One time Nanny had friends over and wanted me to play the piano for all of them.  Being stubborn, I didn’t want to.  I was no older than ten and I remember Nanny getting mad at me saying, “When you’ve got talent, you’ve got to show it!”  Now, as an adult, I’m trying to do everything I can to offer the world my talent and respect the belief my Nanny had in me.

     That’s the hardest part of being a dream chaser.  The support you have is close to none.  Even from friends and family members, not everyone can see the goal you have for yourself.  And how can they?  It’s your ambitions and no one, not even your Mama can get in your heart to see the true desires you have.  So I guess I shouldn’t have been so hurt by two co-workers ganging up on me about my dreams but it did leave a purple bruise.  

    I shouldn’t let anyone tell me I can’t do something but these people know, from the bottom of my heart that I want to be an actor.  If a stranger told me I wasn’t going to make it, I’d smile and keep walking but here, where I see these people every workday, I can’t help but look at them in a different light now.  Think of it like this, I told them my biggest, most loved secret and they mocked me for it and yet, I have to see them every day while I still love the one thing they laughed at me for. 

     I don’t need them to believe in me, I had my Nanny for that but it does make me question who deserves to be around myself and my talent. This world is full of dream doubters and it’s up to us, as individuals to push on.  Every single one of us has a passion.  You’ve got to find yours and chase your purpose so hard that you will have naysayers bringing you down but in the end, when you make it, the triumph will over justify the pain in the journey.  Never Give Up.  Just as I will, always use the hate as motivation.  Take it from Taylor Swift herself, “the haters gonna hate, hate, hate but I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake it off”.

PS- You can do anything you want to, no matter what anyone says. Trust your heart, follow your gut, and know you’ve got that passion for a reason!!!