“At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.
At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.
At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.
At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.
At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.
At age 28, Wayne Coyne ( from The Flaming Lips) was a fry cook.
At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.
At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.
At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.
Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51.
Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.
Stan Lee didn’t release his first big comic book until he was 40.
Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career and landed his first movie role at age 42.
Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first major movie role until he was 46.
Morgan Freeman landed his first major movie role at age 52.
Kathryn Bigelow won the Academy Award for Best Director when she made The Hurt Locker at age 57.
Grandma Moses didn’t begin her painting career until age 76.
Louise Bourgeois didn’t become a famous artist until she was 78.”
Talk about inspiration
This is so important, we should all remember this. I’ve run across this on my Tumblr feed a few times but it never truly hit me until now. At 23 years old I’m in the same position as Tina Fey except I work at LA Fitness. I have dreams of becoming like Oprah at 23 and having the chance to even work in the journalism industry (despite her getting fired). Though I may feel like complete crap for being where I’m at in life right now but this is the constant reminder I’ve been needing and I couldn’t have come across it at a better time.
This is the perfect example of journeying into your destiny. Fame and fortune didn’t happen overnight for any of these artists, actors, actresses, directors, authors, cooks, designers, etc., so why would it happen for you or me so easily? It’s so easy to get caught up in where you’re currently at opposed to where you think you should be, key word being think. Maybe that’s just it, sometimes we have to get our head out of the clouds and focus on our current reality, appreciate it, embrace it and work towards accomplishing our goals and dreams. I think it’s more than obvious to say that appreciating and embracing where you’re at in life when you want to be somewhere else is the hardest part of it all. But baby steps my friend, baby steps. Learning to appreciate and embrace where you’re currently at in life can make it more endurable and even enjoyable.
It is what it is
Life is like being the captain of your own ship and navigating through the ocean to find land. There will be foggy days where you can’t see the way, rough waters and thunderstorms along the way and days filled with clear skies, sunshine and smooth sailing. It’s all a part of the journey to finding your way to land (your destiny). It’s so easy to let foggy days cloud your vision and thoughts with self-doubt and negativity. Or let thunderstorms make you want to throw yourself overboard and just give up on reaching your goals and dreams. But you can’t let life get you. You can’t allow life to capsize your ship and if it does, do like Dory from Finding Nemo and just keep swimming. You’re the captain and you have to realize that fog clears up and after every storm comes clear skies and sometimes sunshine.
The best part is that this is just the beginning of it all, there is still time for you to change the path you are on. So take the good with the bad, never stop and keep going. Whether young or old whatever your dream or goal is, it’s not too late to achieve it. I know sometimes (especially lately) I feel pathetic, worthless and like a failure. But you’re not a failure because you don’t have it all together in your 20s. It’s okay if you don’t even know what you want to do with your life or have a specific goal or dream in mind. You may be babysitting, pushing carts, flipping burgers, waiting tables or answering phones today but you never know what tomorrow will bring.
Regardless of where you’re currently at in life and how you feel, always remember these golden nuggets:
- Never let your age determine the heights you can reach, you’re never too young or old to make it.
- Never tell yourself that it’s too late, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.
- Never tell yourself that you’re not good enough or don’t have what it takes, you have been equipped with everything you need to be the best that you can be.
- There’s always room for learning something new, growing and promoting yourself, take risks, chances and learn from mistakes.
- Remember your current situation is just temporary, it’s not your final destination so don’t give it that power or treat it as such.
- Most importantly, whatever it is, you can do it, believe in yourself first.
Continue to experience the Life of Tai in my next post…
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