Our dreams hold more resilience than we believe.
We face forks in the road. We take detours. We doubt, question and wonder if our time will ever come.
I remember sitting alone in a radio studio at 4 a.m. in November 2018, blasting Halsey’s “Without Me” while fighting to stay awake, simply pressing a few buttons every hour to keep the radio show on the air.
The gap between reality and my own dreams was more like a crater. An insurmountable challenge that, with the deck so heavily stacked against me, I feared I could never overcome.
But I just kept on believing. With no path to follow, no five-step plan to adhere to, I created my own roadmap. I continued speaking my dreams into existence. Every decision was meticulously calculated, with every connection I made appearing to paint me as a much bigger deal than the job title described.
I certainly veered from the path at times. I wonder now if I strayed to better prepare myself for failure, for the inevitable moment I’d one day look back upon my pie-in-the-sky dream and laugh at the notion that the goal was attainable, or if I even truly wanted it in the first place.
But like many of life’s greatest pleasures, my big break emerged unexpectedly. The opportunity of a lifetime seemingly fell into my lap.
It seemed like it at the time, but looking back now, that moment didn’t occur by random chance. It was the culmination of years of hard work and determination, of sacrifice and attention-to-detail, of kindness and empathy.
I took the opportunity and ran with it, attacking it with passion and vigor like I do with so many aspects of my life.
And this morning, now that my first documentary sits out there for the public to consume, I can proudly say I’ve achieved my own dreams.
I’ve always maintained that I’m at my best when I’m creating something for the outside world to laud or criticize. Something that makes people think or feel, or compels them to take some action that will make the world a better place.
That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.
And I will continue doing that for the remainder of my precious time in this world.