The ups and downs and the ebb and flow of life can be quite a roller coaster. We set our sights on achieving our dreams and plot a course to get there. Sometimes our fears keep us from even beginning and we settle for less. And sometimes we allow others to dictate or distract us from pursuing what we think we were meant for.
The past couple of years have been nothing less than immense changes in my life. Many were difficult and some were painful. However, some were long overdue and life altering. I’ve not shared this with hardly anyone, but there was a time a few years back I was living out of my car for a short time. I didn’t know where I would go or what I would do, but I persevered and eventually rebounded in a stronger position than when I had started. I was moving in the right direction. Then late last year I lost my job. It was a soul crushing punch to the gut. My sense of worth and accomplishment were tied to my career, and losing that threw me into a depression. Which looking back, I think that was the point. I needed to learn to differentiate my sense of self with my career. And while I’m still far from achieving my dreams and goals, I know I’m on the right path. I’ve been able to accept more work on commercials and television, than I ever would have been able to before I lost my job. And then just a few weeks ago I got a new agent, which I know will open even more doors for me. I’m far from having arrived, but I’m moving in the right direction again.
Progress comes day by day. Never give up. It’s so cliche to say these one-liners but there’s a lot of truth there. There were days I felt so hopeless. But then often the very next day something would come along and reinforce my optimism.
I try to teach my kids the lessons that I had to learn the hard way. Figure yourself out early, reach for your dreams, set a course and follow it, but most importantly be true to yourself at all times. And when life gets tough, which it will, always persevere. Because things will get better. It’s always darkest before the dawn.