I think I live on cliches. Cliches inspire me, make me happy and just appear in my brain when least expected. ‘Life is what you make it, its cliche which means its true’ is a lyric from a show I have recently seen (and loved) called If/ Then. The show explores two different realities based on one single decision. While watching this show something occurred to me and this is what I wanted to write about today:
“The only people who don’t succeed are the people who give up”
This rings very true to me in my life at the moment. As I fast approach the end of my schooling journey, which I know I am ready for, I have the prospect of going out into the big scary world and trying to get a job, as everyone does. For most drama students, this is when the majority of people give up. Without an agent or a job the future seems very uncertain, which is scary – but for me that is exciting.
As I have often mentioned the road you take in life is an uncertain one; turns, bumps and speeding tickets should be fully expected. I often think about how I grew up wanting desperately to be Robbie Williams (a British pop star) then my dream developed into wanting to be a singer/ actor. And this is only in 10 short years of my life. What will happen in another 10? Who knows! But for now what I do know is that giving up on the things I love is not an option.
While the things I love stretch far and wide covering many different areas of creativity, you may just have one love, say for example your friends and family, If that is your love and what you want from life be the person who is 100% committed to that. That is success.
I think we all confuse what success is, success isn’t mounds of money, fame or popularity. Success is happiness, achievements, fulfilment and living how you want to live. Success can only be judged by the individual, If it were really judged by society no one would ever achieve it. The bar post is always moving and the moment an achievement is made the next goalpost is set, by someone else.
In one of my classes I was asked the question ‘Do you live in your greatness?’ Immediately I dubbed the question as being ‘Very american’ or ‘too egotistical’ but now I realise what is means. It means are you successful for YOU? Are you great in your own mind. And this is something we should all be, great in our own mind.
So now I turn the tables and ask you, the reader, do you live in your greatness? Are you successful? How you measure success? Giving ourselves credit for things we achieve and our successes are more important than any of us know. So start today, know that what you do is worth it and be ecstatic that you have achieved a goal. From today forward I vow to be prouder of what I achieve. Don’t ever give up on success, it will always be just round the corner.