During my latest AMA, I received a pretty heavy question in my DM’s. I’m not going to write the whole paragraph in this blog (because I feel the nature of the message was rather private), but the preamble led up to this:
How did you come to the decision to do what you do?
To be fair, it has been a question that has been posed to me rather often lately.
How do I…?
How did you…?
How can I…?
Everyone wants to know the trick, the one key thing that can change a mindset.
But the way this questions was asked, resonated with me, because the honesty and sincere desperation to know what to do with ones self – was a mirror image of me only 18 months ago.
They weren’t looking for that one thing to change their lives; they just wanted to achieve a sense of clarity.
And I hope to reciprocate their earnestness with some clarity of my own.
How did I come to the decision to do what I do?
To put it simply – trust yourself.
Like many people, I spent my school and uni life aimlessly taking classes and subjects that I thought I wanted to get to a career I thought I’d love. Then when I finally finished my Honours thesis – 23,000 words later – I felt just as lost and confused as when I started.
Throughout the Honours process, I began to get introspective and asked myself what I was truly passion about.
What drives me to do?
What fulfills me?
Where do I believe I excel?
As I began to honestly answer these questions, I believed that writing and photography were my strongest avenues of communication. Just not academic writing – as I did not pursue more thesis stuff.
But then here comes the tough bit – back yourself.
It’s one thing to go inwards and better understand yourself, it’s another thing entirely to believe wholeheartedly in your gifts and go all in.
This is where it’s make or break, because now you have to work for it.
You have to put yourself in a position to gain experience, to succeed.
You have to practice, labour, toil.
You have to be unafraid to ask, to connect, to challenge yourself.
That’s how I came to the decision to do what I do:
Work for it.
There’s no secret tip, or life changing mantra.
It is ultimately loving yourself, because when you do – your true potential can finally be realised.
I wish I had known all this when I was 18, imagine all the lost time I could make up for.
But everyday, that regret dissipates – because I’m just beginning, and that excites me!