This phrase is probably the biggest one I've ever had to swallow. For a long time, I'd get discouraged seeing the success of my peers, people I went to school with, people my age that seemed to be "killing it" at life, living their dream, doing everything I wanted to be doing, while I sat at home in my room, writing songs, developing my first feature film script and thinking to myself, "This year. This year, I'll make it..." The truth is, you can't attach an age, or a time frame to success. It's important to have goals, but just because you don't reach those goals by the age, or arbitrary date you set for yourself means you're a failure. I've had to remind myself of this time and time again. I like to believe things happen for a reason, and as my good friend Dana says, life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond.
Nothing is a guarantee, and if you want something bad enough, you have to create opportunities when there aren't any, and create your own luck out of a stack of "Sorry, Try Again" cards. Sometimes your path and goals change. And, that's okay, too. Maybe not everyone will understand, or be on board, but you have to do what's right for you. I've found that surrounding myself with people that "get" me, support me and fuel my creative mind are the key to happiness on what would otherwise be a very long and lonely journey. Over the years, I've trained my mind to embrace change, accept the past, learn from my mistakes, appreciate my struggles, and most importantly, the one Chris has instilled in me, enjoy the journey.
Be thankful for the experiences you've had, and the choices you've made that brought you here. Your life is like a movie and it's time to write the rest of your story. Stop making excuses and work harder than you ever have in your life. You'll get there. You might not be seventeen anymore, but that seventeen-year-old girl still lives inside you, and she's still got a dream. Make her proud. Now go get it, Girl. Your journey is far from over. In fact, it's only just begun. ⚡