“Everyone isn’t going to be as committed as you are. Especially when it comes to YOUR vision. Don’t let it stop you!”
This piece has been sitting in my drafts for a few weeks now. It actually began to get a little dusty just sitting there. Initially, when I thought of what I wanted to write about I was pretty amped for the topic, but as I sat there I wasn’t sure how to go about speaking on this. Now, on this humid Tuesday evening as I sit in my bed, I’m ready to tackle it. My week started off well and I was determined to remain positive and keep myself focused, but when the next day rolled around I was sitting at my desk in the Clintern Headquarters (What Jasmine and I call our working space at the Clinton Foundation) and I thought to myself, “Am I doing enough?”
Well, it took me back to this draft that I had abandoned. I had to remind myself to stay focused on my vision and why I even thought to write about it in the first place. As you all know (well, mostly all of you), I’m a recent graduate of Arkansas Tech University where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in graphic design (with a minor in Spanish). I entered college knowing what I wanted to do. I’ve never really had an issue with deciding on what it is I want to do, especially as it pertains to my goals. I knew I wanted to study graphic design and I also knew that I wanted to connect with others in some way or another. That’s when the idea to create a blog came about. For some time it was just an idea, but it remained in the back of my mind.
Graphic design is what I went to college for, but creating the Black&Gifted Blog is something that’s priceless (at least for me anyways). It’s self motivating. I am able to share my thoughts, help others, network and the list goes on. My blog, in a way, pushes me towards my WHY in life. Why do I do what I do? That type of thing. I’m in this weird stage in life (I’m 22, y’all get it) where I’m trying to figure out what my next step is. Fresh out of college and on the search for my first “real job”. I’m adulting. It’s weird.
When I thought about if I was doing ENOUGH, I had to remind myself of what it is that I want. In that moment, I was doubting myself and my accomplishments. I had to keep in mind that there is no set path in life. No directions. Focusing on your vision is like a ride on a rollercoaster! The doubt stemmed from the lack of commitment and support from those around me. People will see all the good you’re doing and still not show love. I’m the type of person who wants support from others, but I’m not going to beg you to hop on my wave! Which lead to my twitter post:
I have to constantly remind myself that everyone isn’t going to join you for the ride and that’s okay, because what you can do is appreciate the people who are! My biggest thing is promoting positivity, supporting others and doing what I need to do to better myself as an individual. So, what I hope those of you reading will do is STAY GROUNDED. Know what it is you want and have the passion for whatever it is you’re doing. Understand that there will be a process, sometimes you’ll feel like you’re in it alone and it may get hard for you to keep that drive to want to pursue that passion, but one thing WE’RE going to do is work hard and stay focused!
Remember, everyone isn’t going to be as committed as you are. Especially when it comes to YOUR vision. Don’t let it stop you!