Reflecting on the past two years today, I never would have thought I would be sitting here in a cafe in a different city writing about it. I couldn't have imagined that the choices I made would change my reality and lead me to where I am today, and I am very happy with that. It involved a period of self-realization, rekindling the dreams I had placed on the shelf, and a sense of panic that kept me up at night. I was approaching the end of my 20s and realized I didn't accomplish what I had hoped with the time I was given. The job I had was necessary at the time, but as I looked back, I felt I wasted years of not being happy emotionally and mentally on and off, and that the three years I spent getting a diploma in graphic design was a waste because I could barely find any work in that field until just before that point. I had just started working in a related field and really enjoyed my job, but there were other things I had always pictured doing eventually. I felt that in the years before, I hadn't used my time wisely.
What resulted was very positive. I did something about it. Stepping of my comfort zone was a must because I knew what I had to do, before more time passed! I envisioned my future with excitement and enthusiasm for what my life could be like if I just did something. With my somehwat timid nature, I might otherwise be more practical and feartful to do these things, but fear was basically non existent because I made the decision out of exctiement and drive (with some careful planning and consideration mind you!). Of course, there were moments I'd stop and evaluate my decisions, and I knew it would be a change, but also knew deep down this was what I really wanted. I knew if I at least tried following my dreams, I wouldn't have to live with the regret of not ever doing so.
Stuart Ross, an entrepreneur and online marketer, said "Life isn't a dress rehearsal. I've learned that the hard way. The wealthiest place in the world is not the USA. It's not Japan, China, the UK. It's the graveyard. Because so many take their dreams and aspirations, their purpose that they've done nothing with." To me, this is one of the saddest things, because it's true. No matter what, I am not going to be one of those people.
So here I am, meeting new people/making connections in the film/acting industry and experiencing what I simply never would have had I decided to just stay comfortable and not do anything. There would be nothing wrong to stay working at the job I had. It was a stable, permanent position with great perks, management was great. I would be okay with working there the rest of my life. Yet I knew there was more I could possibly give to the world and there were simply things I had a strong desire to do and had the freedom and ability to do so. I know I'd always have that "what if" at the back of my mind if I didn't try. Having a mentor and listening to successful people (via podcasts and seminars/webinars) helped to intitiate this change and maintain a positive mindset to keep me on the path.
If this resonates with you and if you're also looking for a change or other options, starting an online business is one option that can allow you time and felxibility. The SFM business course has really helped my mindset and way of thinking. Below is a link to learn more.