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Jay's Note: Going to NYC (or LA) is considered "cliche" but I've fallen in love with everything about New York City. I want to go to follow my dreams (film producer, creative screenwriter) and be surrounded by people who are there to do the same. Being there makes what I want out of life seem a little less irrational. 

Have you ever noticed that when we were kids and someone would ask what we wanted to be when we got older, we would sometimes blurt out the most insane things imaginable and now as we are coming into adulthood those 7-year-old goals turned into laughable dreams put on the back burner? It seems that what we once were eager to tell everyone is now a taboo subject because we are too engulfed in the concept of things being “unrealistic”, we’ll change ourselves to fit judgement's standard. Why is that?

Here we have this big concept in life where we’re told to “follow our dreams” EXCEPT that it only applies if it’s within the guidelines of what your parents, friends, and society deems acceptable. Truly, I can’t seem to grasp why we’re so afraid to go beyond what’s expected out of us and prove that we don’t all have to be the same and aim so low for ourselves. If you believe there’s a one in a million chance for you to reach your full potential in life, then that’s exactly what you’ll become... Another one within the millions of people “wishing” and not doing. Anything’s possible, and its mind blowing to me that people get over whelmed at the thought of even trying to be the best them that they’ll push it to the back of their mind with all the other lost thoughts. I know because just up until two weeks ago, I fit perfectly into this category and I’m unashamed to admit it.    

Is this what life’s all about? Forgetting what “insane” things, we wanted to achieve all because of fear of opinions? Too many people fall victim to this and I decided I refuse to be a part of this majority. As I mentioned earlier, one common setback for everyone is other people. If this applies to you, it’s time for you to discover your truths and commit to them. Be accountable for yourself and your happiness, so that one day when you’re old and grey you can sit back and say “I did it.”

You just have to believe.

From this moment forward don’t let fear strike your motivation and child- like imagination. Believe that if it’s is God’s will, it will.

Words of affirmation: I will achieve my dreams and remain uncompromised despite the shallow opinions society throws around.  I believe that whatever I put my mind to, I can do. There are thinkers and do-ers and I am a do-er. I trust myself and I want what’s best for myself, so I will aim higher.

"Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe"-Gail Devers

Jay McHenry