(I wrote this posts months ago...slack I know)
Have you ever reached a point in your life and wondered if you were truly happy?
I've been thinking about what it is that I want to say in this post of over a month now and I'm still in no better of a position now than I as then. So jumping out the cup above and I'm just going to go for it. As of now I'm 26 and I can't say I'm necessarily in the place where I thought I would be at this age. Don't get me wrong I have an awesome life, with awesome friends, and to this point I've had some pretty awesome experiences. Thing is I'm not sure if I'm really happy. I can remember I was in high school and my guidance counselor, Mary Fowler, would always tell me that in life I should always do the things that make me happy. Do the work that will bring you joy and ultimately something that you would do for free. Well, after my last deployment and the job I most recently had a lot of things have become clear.
Those who know me best know that I am a man that is no stranger to hard work. Just two months ago I was literally working five jobs. Majority of the time I was a consultant by day selling cable door to door and other days I was an administrative writer for a private government contractor. Outside of that I was still serving in the Marine Corps and some nights I would work security at a nightclub. Of course lets not forget the occasional photo shoot. Kept busy right? Yeah well my bills won't pay themselves. One of the best things that could have come from all that was the connection I made with I made with my mentor Shaun.
Shaun was my employer at Uptown Consulting where I became a corporate trainer. Ultimately, it was a sales job but its focus was on training managers. The word managers in a sense of leaders and people who developed others, not those who just maintain a quota and meet standards. Shaun really helped me get out of my comfort zone and become a thinker. Up until that point, I went along with the flow of life and I was very indecisive. I'm still kinda indecisive but no where near as much as I used to be. :) I learned about big picture goal setting and how to break down the steps to reach them. Doing those things helped me understand what my values were, which motivate me and help guide my decisions. There's so much more that came from my experiences at Uptown that I would love to share but ill stop with that.
So at this point with all of my realizations, I've decided to follow my passion and pursue photography. It really is what makes me happy and I'm striving for my flashpoint of success. What that means is, success is guaranteed to me thru consistent discipline in a specific action. I now know exactly what I want in life and I hold the power to do what I need to do.