That Daydream when I was Sixteen

When you were a child did you ever daydream about what your life would look like when you got older. Did you imagine the feeling of graduating with your best friends, landing your dream job and have that feeling of excitement for the rest of your life ahead. I did.

I always dreamed of becoming someone who inspired others. I didn’t exactly have a dream job in mind, but I knew that I wanted to live a life that would allow me to inspire and connect with people. In my young teenage years that looked like becoming an Oncologist but by the time I graduated high school I decided to join the media landscape.

I had a passion for storytelling and I knew that there were endless possibilities to use various platforms to share inspiration and help others by using media. Although I learned throughout my time at University how to use digital media for storytelling, advertising and connecting, I have yet to actually do that on my own as I had envisioned years ago.

I have gone through a lot these past four years. I’ve been in toxic relationships that have broken me down in pieces, watched my father die in the matter of days from Cancer, my mental health fell to an all time low and now I’m living through a pandemic.

So that daydream I mentioned earlier, it didn’t quite happen like that. I didn’t get to graduate with my best friends because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, I haven’t found my dream job yet, but what I have found is myself.

For the first time in years I feel like myself and it’s been so long since I’ve been able to say that, that I think I’m scared to show who I am because I’m afraid that people won’t remember her. People won’t remember the girl that was carefree, lived a larger than life attitude and inspired others to see the world through her eyes.

The vision of my life may not be off to a great start like I dreamed about when I was sixteen, but these scars and experiences that I’ve had because of it have shaped me to be who I am today. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things around us, be thankful for people, places and things in my life and most of all use the power of media to connect with you all to inspire you to STOP just for a second.

Take a moment to look around you. Did your life pan out the way you dreamed about when your were sixteen. Did you encounter obstacles that your overcame to get to where you want to go or are you still stuck there feeling like you don’t know what to do. It’s okay to be in either situation. Sometimes I doubt myself and what I want to do. But don’t let yourself stay stuck. Inspire yourself, create your own opportunities and live the life that you dreamed of.

Life is too short to be unhappy and work each day in a position where you’re not being fulfilled. Once you start living life based on you and not what other people expect of you, that’s when the doors open to a whole new world of possibilities.

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