Growing up in the military meant a few things were guaranteed every two years: constant change leading to the feeling of swimming upstream and the necessity of learning how to adapt…quickly. Whether that adaptation was a language, a culture, or picking out your best friends within four days, I always held on to the poisonous disdain caused by moving. And even worse, because of the military.
Then I realized: the only way to grow as a person is to be challenged, daily.
Mental, emotional, sometimes totally physical challenge.
Change does not equate to destruction or a complete shift from your day-to-day. It simply means: doing something little today that will have a huge impact tomorrow. For yourself and, in turn, for society.
For me, getting out of my comfort zone meant moving (once again—-it’s like I can’t feel distraught at home), diving into what I felt was a space I could never excel in, and starting my own business. It meant acknowledging that pursuing music as a career didn’t define my love for it. It meant spending hours watching tutorials on how not to break the PHP file, how to point the DNS to the third title of one website utilizing a 301 redirect, how to get the most out of your online presence, how to play the song for my best friend’s wedding, how to not feel stuck when you’re just getting started.
When you allow yourself to go through growing pains, to mess up, to win an award, to impress and to fail, that’s when you know you’ve stopped undervaluing who you are.
So, go after your dreams, damnit.