I am a bit of an enigma.
There is nothing average about me. Not my height, not my interests, and certainly not my name. Everyday there is only ONE person who takes the time to pronounce it right. (“Nichelle, with an “N” not a “M”? That’s an unusual name!”) I tower over well all of my friends at 6’1 and the only person who really understands the struggle of fitting into small cars, clothes, and especially airplanes is my baby sister, who stands at 6’3.
So why am I writing? What is it I have to say?
I’ve faced a lot of personal issues in the last few years and they have kept me grounded in one spot. Life seemed to come to a sudden halt. Then today I read an article that gave me a kick in the pants when I needed it the most. 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person. I can’t officially recommend because the writing is very obscene. For those of you who can’t get past the profanity the core truth is this:
Having potential for some career, job, or relationship is not enough. If you aren’t doing or creating something people can use, the world will eat you for lunch.
This forced a mirror to my face and I didn’t like what I saw. I do see myself as a person in that manner but there is no way “potential” will get me what I want, get me to where I want to be. The one phrase I will take away from this is:
If you don’t kill your excuses, your excuses will kill you.
I took it to heart so much I’ve printed and taped it all around my apartment.
So here’s what I plan to do:
Starting today January 3, 2014, I promise to do the following:
- Draw something everyday and post the results to this blog.
- Start getting my artwork out there in the world. Learn what it is I want to create.
- Learn UI / UX design (my classes start next week)
You see I have potential for contributing something useful to society, I just don’t know what that is yet. I am a web designer / web developer / mobile app designer / graphic designer / and fine artist. I have plenty of tools to work with but haven’t been able to push through all those negative excuses yet.
But no more.
This is me killing those excuses. Push me, remind me, argue with me, and share with me whatever response you have. You are more than welcome to come on the journey with me.