I learned today of the untimely death of a fellow photographer. I only knew him through connecting on Facebook, but he was a young man who helped many people to follow their dreams in the fashion industry. He worked with photographers, make-up artists, and models who were just starting out on thier career paths. He will be missed by so many. His passing reminded me of some thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head for a while and I believe it is time to share them with you now.
I believe it is so important to follow your dreams in this world. Life is short and it can be over in the blink of an eye. I can't count the number of people I have know in recent years who have passed away suddenly. Everyone thinks that they are invincible when they are young, and that they have plenty of time. They work a job that doesn't fulfill their hearts just so they can pay their bills and get by. Too many people buy into the myth that you can't have your dream in this world. They give up and die a slow death each day, looking forward to when they can retire and be who they really want to be. This is a trap. Sadly, more people than you want to know die before they have a chance to really spread their wings. I want to encourage you NOT to wait. Live the life you want to live NOW because all you are ever guaranteed is this moment... right... now...
Are you going to have to make some sacrifices to do this? Yes, of course you are. What do you want more, to have a brand new car, or to be who you REALLY want to be? Live simply so that you can afford to live your dream!
Are you going to have to work hard for your dream? You bet you are! You will have to work harder than you have ever worked in your life, but the payoff oh, the payoff is the sweetest thing you will ever experience!
It is easy to look at someone who is successful at what they do and make all kinds of excuses. They got lucky and met the right people, I'm not good enough, they had more seed money to start than I do, I could do better if someone else wasn't stealing my ideas....blah, blah, blah. These are all excuses and roadblocks that you put in your own way. Once you can see through these roadblocks you open yourself to the the power within YOU. That special spark of magic that EVERYONE has can come forth. Believe in YOU and believe that YOU are worth investing in and others will too.
I love you all! Now go make your dreams come true!