SIX MONTHS since I began my journey driving from Chicago to LA. Craziness.
To get real with y’all for a moment, just 3-5 years ago I was a severely depressed kid failing out of high school. Just the THOUGHT of being there gave me so much anxiety - countless times I called my mom crying in the bathroom where I ate my lunch to come and pick me up early. This is some real stuff I haven’t opened up about to ANYBODY.
75% of the time, I skipped school to stay at home and work on my PASSIONS. Choreography, my dance crew, graphic design, art, business. The 25% of the time I was at school, I’d be asleep for more than half the day because I was up all night working on the stuff that actually fulfilled me. My teachers and peers thought I’d be a failure, simply for not fitting into their system.
It was hard. I thought those days were my forever and I wanted nothing more than for them to be over. It became so hard to believe there was a life outside of high school and the people who consistently shut me down and tried to make me feel stupid for being “that dancer kid”. I just couldn’t fathom the thought of putting time and energy into school when I could use it towards my dreams.
Eventually the noise got to me, and I became not the best kid. Made stupid decisions. Saw some things that I wish I never had to experience. I can put the blame on other people, but really, I was the one who chose to listen to the bad influence. But without that, I would not be HALF of who I am today. I needed that to SEE what could happen to me if I decided to throw my potential out the window. Dance and art have literally, and I mean LITERALLY, saved my life.
A lot has changed since then. But with all that being said, it’s so much bigger than me. It’s for who I can impact through what I’ve learned and what I’ve experienced. It’s for the kid who feels like giving up. I want nothing more than to be an ounce of hope, a good influence, and give the world a mission to trust God’s plan for your life and FOLLOW. YOUR. PASSIONS.
Beautiful things happen when you do.