I sometimes feel like the world lacks authenticity. How do you know what’s real and what’s meaningful anymore? There are so many things going on sometimes – we move so fast. Work, gym, social life, networking, friends, fake friends, real friends, vacation, work trips, class, family time, life, boyfriend, girlfriend – what does it all mean? How do you prioritize? What are you searching for?
Everyone seems like they all have it together. It seems so easy. They don’t. It’s pictures, it’s filters. We are so much more than that. It’s likes. It’s followers. What happened to the leaders? We are conditioned to want more, to be better. How do you keep up? Everything is disposable and easily replaced. How do you not lose focus?
It’s about knowing yourself. All of these things fade. It doesn’t matter at the end of the day. Independence is not easy. It takes work. It takes control. There are so many people in my life that I am jealous of. Sometimes I think, man, I wish I didn’t work so much or I had days off. Yet, at my core, I am tough and know I really don’t want that. I am a work-o-holic. Yet, I don’t look at it as work. I love what I do. I love who I do it for.
I don’t know what this all means, but I know as long as I am a kind person and work extremely hard, I will be happy. I know that whatever I do, I have given my 100% in and believe in it. You can’t take shortcuts and expect long-term success.
I’m learning to let go. I am learning how to view what is important and what is not – what is authentic and what is inauthentic. Especially in Los Angeles, that is a skill you must have. So, keep your head up – and remember that you are you and even though life gets chaotic, you know what you are doing.
(photos by: @jarelion)