Humble beginnings are scary and tough, they start with a flaming passion, the zeal to be successful and not far from its narrative is the fear of the unknown. In this journey, the route that leads to the desired destination is embarked by taking small, quiet steps in the right direction. It can be likened to training a newbie on a battlefield, and going to war on the training ground. However, one thing is consistent; humble beginnings start with passion, determination, and constant belief in yourself. You just have to learn to talk yourself into it.
These beginnings are the days when we actually doubt that anything good could come from our continuous efforts. They are bitter-sweet days filled with the toss and turns of sleepless nights, the anxiety that fear breeds, and the bleak hope that change will come.
I believe you can not create a legacy without taking a step in the right direction. Often, you will feel taken advantaged of, the feelings of discouragement might not cease, you will feel sad, bitter, and maybe feel like a failure. They all precede the actual results for every beginning. In due time, they always pay off.
One of my favorite’s poet and human activist, Ijeoma Umebinuyo wrote, and l quote “Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with your voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just….start.” So start. Yes, start.
I have seen from the various learning curves I have been, nothing in my life really changed until l faced my fear and allowed the potentials bottled up in me to spill out. We can not keep wishing on a star waiting on a miracle without putting any effort. l believe in magic;I also believe that we make our own magic, I do not believe in luck, I believe God rises up to meet you at the point of your little not at the point of your idleness. The difference between who you are now, and who you want to be exists in the space of stepping into yourself, and putting your fear and passion in its place. I have watched a number of people just confront their fears and step into what they had to do, for some of us, we have to continually push and talk ourselves into it. Your biggest cheerleader and motivator has to be you. Learn to talk yourself into facing your fears, because you dissolve the power of fear when you confront it. I see fear as a situation that has not been challenged. Push yourself, look around with the little resources you have and you will be suprised to see how much you can do with them.
Today, I am here to raise a glass to the youngest kid on the block at work, to the young student studying to actualize their dreams , to the apprentice trying to learn, to the confused 17-year old who is still trying to figure out what his purpose is,to the struggling adult whose dreams seem unreachable, to the one who is striving to make a living, to the newly matriculated college student, to the new college graduate, to the newly married couple, cheers to all of you. The lesson is always taught in the process, it is never about the results but about the journey.
Cheers to all of you who dream, cheers to all of you who put in the work, cheers to all of you who dare to be better versions of your parents, cheers to all who think and aspire to give back to humanity, cheers to the ones who lose sleep because the vision they carry is too significant to sleep through life. Cheers!
Our dreams are valid even amidst all the pain and heartache. They will all pay off when the dreams actualize but now put in the effort, keep the faith alive, look up and never despise your humble beginnings.
Let me leave you with this personal quote, and one of my favorites,
“Our humble beginnings are the bedrock of our legacy.”