The journey is the destination.

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I recently took a break from writing because I felt like I wasn’t “inspired” enough to write something meaningful. I have had a hard time trying to find the content to write about or the perfect story, and have felt like because of where I am in life right now, what I have to say isn’t as important as someone else with more status or credibility than me. But after having a conversation with my Mom a couple of days ago she gave me a different perspective on not only my writing but the journey that I am on right now. She told me that there will never be a perfect story or that I have to wait to get to where I’m going to have something to write about. The journey of where I have been, where I am now, and where I am going is inspiring enough, and documenting my daily struggles of trying to “make it” can stand as a testament to others facing similar struggles as me.

The last few months of my life has been a struggle, to say the least. Being in periods of transition are never easy, but I have come to learn to appreciate every step of the journey that I am on. I always find ways to relate my life back to music, and I was listening to J Cole yesterday and he had a bar that resonated so much to my current situation. He said, “Instead of cappin’, why don’t you talk about being a broke rapper. That’s a perspective that I respect because it’s real, what it’s like to be nice as fuck, but gotta stress to pay the bills.” I feel a lot like J Cole right now. I’m in a space where I have so much going for me and have all the skills, talent, and connections that most would need but it hasn’t translated to $$$ yet. For the last two years, I have been trying to get my tech start-up off of the ground, launch my writing and film career, and am involved in a lot of other endeavors that all have great promise. Unfortunately, promise doesn’t pay my rent every month. But every day I get up in hopes of something great happening, and I have learned to appreciate all the small victories that come with being an entrepreneur that doesn't necessarily involve compensation. Those small victories have kept me pushing and moving forward to my great perhaps. And although I am nowhere near where I want to be, the growth that has happened during this time has been everything to me.

I never really understood the journey is the destination saying until I began this jounrey. It’s not always about getting to the destination, because the destination is different for every person and honestly it’s always changing. It’s more about the steps that you take to get there and the growth that happens in between. Instead of waiting until my career takes off to write and inspire the next generation of writers and entrepreneurs, I’m going to do it now, and hopefully through me documenting my daily struggles, wins, and losses I can bring hope and value to the next person going down the same path as me.

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Hoping my words influence the next generation of dreamers.

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