I read something earlier this week that I cannot get out of my head. I don't know who originally wrote it, but I'll go ahead and share it with you:
"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 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 to pursue acting at age 42.
Samuel L. Jackson didn't get his first movie role until he was 46.
Morgan Freeman landed his first major movie role at age 52.
Kathryn Bigelow only reached international success when she made The Hurt Locker at age 57.
Grandma Moses didn't begin her her painting career until age 76.
Louise Bourgeois didn't become a famous artist until she was 78.
Whatever your dream is, it is not too late to achieve it. You aren't a failure because you haven't found fame and fortune by the age of 21. Hell, it's okay if you don't even know what your dream is yet. Even if you're flipping burgers, waiting tables, or answering phones today, you never know where you'll end up tomorrow.
Never tell yourself you're too old to make it. Never tell yourself you missed your chance. Never tell yourself that you aren't good enough. You can do it. Whatever it is."
Wow. What a powerful message.
What I'm about to say is very scary for me, but I will do my best. At the age of 21, we think we have it all figured out. The truth is, wherever your life is now is not what it's going to be forever. A lot can happen in 1, 10, or 20 years.
People who are my age and think they have found the career they are going to do until they retire, think again.
It's never too late to achieve your dreams. In fact, it's never to late to write a new dream.
It's never too late to change your career. Life's too short to stay mediocre.
It's never too late to go back to school. Even if you've already been once. Even if you've already gotten a degree in something else. What's stopping you?
It's never too late to learn a new trade or skill you've always wanted to learn. Always wanted to try kickboxing? Always wanted to go get that cosmetology license? Always wanted to learn how to sew? What's stopping you?
I think in this day and age, we are so damn worried about what everyone else thinks of us that we are too scared to go and get after what we have always wanted. I think we are too scared to even admit what we want, because it might affect those around us.
The people who really care about you will stick by you and support you through whatever dreams you have.
So I'm going to tell you all a few things I've never said out loud to anybody. I have dreams too.
I've always wanted to get a degree, but I'm not sure what yet. I plan to go back to school some day.
I've always wanted to start getting into yoga, and maybe become an instructor.
I have a passion for the Aesthetics industry. Although I am trained in that industry, I have other possible avenues I am interested in.
I have an interest in interior design.
I have an interest in nutrition.
I have an interest in fashion.
I (secretly) have an interest in criminal justice (not so secret now).
With all of this said, I am 21 years old. I work at a local credit union. And I have dreams. My story doesn't stop here. Yours doesn't either.
What are your dreams? And what's stopping you? Go get 'em tiger.