I feel like you have a lot of joy within you.
She smiled and heartily agreed.
Okay, I’m going to need you to bury that.
When she related this story to me over drinks a few nights ago, I laughed. What a brilliant way to sum up what (if you’re not careful) Los Angeles can do to you.
But I’m starting to think it’s not so funny.
I’ve changed since I’ve moved here – I feel…older.
Sometimes, it’s a good feeling.
- I now know how many margaritas I can have before it turns ugly.
- I have now haggled for and purchased my own car.
- I’ve realized that not every one has to like me and I can still consider myself a nice person. (Right? RIGHT!?!)
But I’ve noticed that with all of this good change, there is one very specific thing I have to constantly keep track of to make sure it never disappears…
A strong belief in myself.
And to be honest, it’s been hard lately.
About a month ago, I listened to a speaker talk about dreams. Among the many smart things he said, one line in particular stuck with me.
When did it become okay to stop believing that our dreams will come true?
I sat there, staring up at him and felt tears forming. I was shocked I was having such a strong emotional reaction to a seemingly simple question. But judging from the amount of snot flowing out of my nose, this was a question I related to.
When I was a kid, a teenager, and even an early-twenty-something I had no problem with this. I would write things in my journal like “Someday my dream is happening” or “I just KNOW it…I can just FEEL it” or “They just couldn’t see past my giant glasses to my raw talent!”
But lately, I’ve noticed a certain absence of those sentiments.
The older I get, the more I realize there are some people who look at me and think it’s time to give up this ‘crazy’ dream of mine. That, as I inch towards my late late twenties I should start thinking of other (read: more practical) things to do with my life.
And ashamedly, in my weaker moments, I’ve thought they might be right.
But they’re not.
It was just easier to believe in myself when I was younger- when nothing smothered that belief like money issues, countless no’s, and (pointing the finger at myself here) doubt.
But despite the fact that I'm turning a whole year older next week, I'm hanging on.
With my crazy dreams. And my crazier stories.
But especially with my crazy joy that (much like my friend’s) will not be smothered.