There are billions of people in the world and we are all vying for our spot in purpose and in our respective lanes. We are looking to live meaningful lives and to do work that may actually impact someone other than ourselves. We want people to get it. We want people to know that we are valuable. We expect it. But the bottom line here is just because we are valuable doesn’t mean that people will always see it. Especially when it comes to our crafts and creativity, sometimes you have to know what makes your value attractive and be able to execute in a way that makes it a no-brainer to others.
There are moments in your life that will simply change you. All of a sudden the light bulb will go off and the way that you were approaching things may completely change. For me, that was the keynote from independent producer, author and former President of Telemundo, Nely Galan at Blogalicious 8. I’m actually pretty cynical about conferences and panels in my old age, lol. But I was truly inspired by her talk. As I plan for the new year, I have bigger plans than I may have expected and surprisingly enough, I’m afraid.
When did you start to forget how to fly? I heard Chance the Rapper through the speakers as it sounded like he was talking directly to me. That poignant question is one that I feel so many of us neglect. As children, the possibilities are endless before our parents, the world, school and friends tells us everything we can’t be. Not on purpose, but sometimes just in their actions and so sometimes we forget that we can fly.
You’re working your but off. You are honing your craft. You are putting your heart into whatever it is that you do but then … You hear about an opportunity that you think you would be perfect for, yet they reach out to your colleague instead. You see someone rising steadily while you feel like you’re still trying to figure it out. You remember when no one cared who a person was and all of sudden see them shoot out of the stratosphere. Who hasn’t been there? But I’ve learned a few things about how to combat those feelings of being overlooked.
I was in college at the time and I remember being really frustrated about finding my space in the world as a professional anything. My boyfriend at the time was a filmmaker, graphic designer, T-Shirt printer, and, and, and. All these tried and true talents and here I was trying to make sense of a recording track in the communications major at Temple. I was looking for my talent to drop out of the sky.