"Anything is possible, maybe some things not probable, but who knows!" - Friends ;D
A good number of us have done it. Looked at someone’s social media and wondered, how the hell do they live that lifestyle?
Good chance they don’t. It just appears that way with the minimal amount of information you are receiving. Not that anyone is intentionally misleading or that there are not people living exactly the way they portray. It is also the responsibility of the viewer to be accountable for their perceptions and assumptions. Don’t be going around assumin’. ;)
This is why my social media platforms are creative and business sharing tools. I’m still stuck on getting to know people in the traditional way through effort and real face time. What you will typically view on my pages are creative endeavors, tattoos, and work travels. With the occasional opinion share, bit of inspiration, projects of others, or a funny animal meme. Most of the travel over the last couple of years has been for work or study, creating amazing moments along the way!
Many of the adventures are a product of hard work, time, patience, dedication, determination, conscious practical decisions, and risky decisions. Knowing I might be wrong, but wanting the experience. Though my family was once extremely well off, there is no family money or secret trust that was available for me to complete goals (cheers to anyone whose got it!). Money has never stopped me, I generally have what I need and still finish what I set out to do. Also, thanks in many parts, to the empowering support of chosen families, partners, and friends over the years. Allowing for a balance of letting life flow and making choices. Allowing for the space to play like I missed out on as a kid, while able to adult it up. It has helped develop what I personally consider a well-rounded sense of happiness, including the not happy days. I work hard and play the way I want (most of the time). But sometimes I don’t get what I want when I want it, and I appreciate that.
I continue to be aware of living within my means at any given time and place, and to be content at all stages. Rather than living to try and meet possibly unnecessary self created expectations versus healthy goals. Which my workaholic side really likes to do. I don’t work with a focus to buy “nice things” (although it does happen), I work to create and experience life moments (such as choosing travel over things). I don’t work to be known, I work on being worth knowing. I don’t work to make my creativity popular; I work so that I can enjoy doing the things I am passionate about. Even when there is no money or acknowledgment, I still do the things I do.
Lately when I have asked others how they started on their road, I get real answers. Most responses have the honest sentiment that “I am not ballin’ like it looks like I might be.” Many of the people out in the day to day that have been inspiring me lately, work hard to have what they have. To own the business they own, to be going to the schools they are attending, to be reaching the goals they have set for themselves. They unknowingly make it seem like it is as “easy” as we project onto their “great looking life.” Each story shared has re-tickled that little part of me that likes the idea that anything is possible. Maybe some of the possibilities are not practical, but then do we always need to be practical?
To all my friends who are doin’ the thangs, in honor of all the decisions both simple and hard over the past year… anything is possible. I love you <3