I am young. I am relentless. I am a dreamer. I refuse to give up.
It has been a week since my parents have left me to brave the crazy, hectic, beautiful streets of New York City all alone. Sitting in my small, shoebox apartment, I can hear the street noises outside my window. Men are hollering, sirens are going off, horns are honking and birds are chirping. It is a culmination of magical, terrifying and electrifying sensations.
Over the past week, I have moved into my apartment, I have gone on a copious amount of interviews, I have walked miles upon miles, I have successfully and unsuccessfully navigated the subways, and I have made my residence permanent by signing my first “adult” work contract.
Yikes, I am not even 22 yet.
In some ways I still feel like a child. I still feel like I am pretending. I still feel like my alarm is going to go off for my 8 a.m. Media Design class. Alas, it doesn’t. I wake up, I work out, I drink my coffee, I watch the news and I prepare for my new job starting in one week (ha-ha, I sound so “adult”).
Now instead of fear, amazement fills me. I am amazed at the fact that I made it out here. I am amazed at the fact that I get along really well with my roommate, whom I met on LinkedIn. I am amazed at the fact that I found a job. I am amazed at the fact that my shoebox apartment feels like home already. Most importantly, I am amazed at how easy I am transitioning.
But then I stop to think, why am I so amazed?
Someone once told me, “Dreams are just plans without action.” Now, I believe them. For the past two years I have dreamed of nothing other than moving to New York City, working, writing and jumping out of my shell. I prayed, planned, prayed, researched, prayed, worked, prayed and saved for this moment tediously and relentlessly. I worked hard, believed in myself and held onto my faith that God has a plan for me.
This entire experience has taught me that every dream someone has CAN come true. The biggest problem people in today’s society have is giving up before they even start.
Yes, you need time to develop your plans in order to accomplish your dream. But, this “planning” stage does not have to take your entire life. At some point, you just have to take a leap of faith and trust that you will land on your feet. Sometimes you might fall; sometimes you might sprain an ankle (theoretically); sometimes you might even knock yourself out along the way; however, this is no reason to give up.
I literally applied for 500 jobs (I swear this is not an exaggeration, I have been applying since the summer). I travelled to NYC two weeks before I planned on moving hoping I would find a job and an apartment, both to no avail. As I stumbled time and time again, my once well thought out plans brought me nowhere. Yet, instead of giving up, I relentlessly kept going knowing that every failure brought me one step closer to my dream. I was bruised, I was battered, but I was also hopeful.
Diligence is key when it comes to turning dreams into reality. I have never been the smartest person in the room. I owe every grade, I owe every success, and I owe every dream come true to my overwhelming, God-given diligence. I refuse to quit. I refuse to give up. I refuse to let my doubts win.
If you have a dream and you want it with every fiber of your being, go for it. Don’t let other’s opinions make you feel defeated. Don’t let your own doubts and fears keep you from taking a leap. Don’t let anything stop you. Although it may sound cliché, dreams can come true. It won’t happen overnight. It takes hard work and a lot of effort, but nothing good ever comes easy. Usually you have to hit your breaking point before things start to workout. This may sound daunting; however, if a dream is worth having, isn’t it also worth fighting for?
So this week, this month, this year, find your dream. Chase it with absolutely everything you have. Refuse to give up, no matter how long it takes. Once you achieve it, keep dreaming. Make it your life’s goal to dream big, and fill your life with a child-like hope that all dreams will come true.
Be young; be relentless; be a dreamer; refuse to give up. I promise you, it will be worth it.