Hey, hey, yo, yo, yo, HEY! That’s right everybody I just cannot stay away from the blogging game, no matter how hard I try! Ok, that’s actually a little bit of a white lie, because I am required to make these blogs for one of my classes. However, I do enjoy this very much, and I would like to just take a moment to sincerely thank you for your desire to read this blog of mine, and for taking at least a shred of interest in who I am! I appreciate greatly!
Now, the topic of this post is “My Motivations”. Obviously, there are precious few people, if any, that go through life without anything driving them forward, and I am certainly no exception. There are multiple factors within my life that push me to excel and give my all at everything that I attempt. Interestingly enough, some of these are positive things, things that I embrace and hold near and dear to me, but others are my fears, things that I do not want to happen to me. I believe that it is good to have a variety of motivations, for that makes your drive that much harder to break down.
Chief among everything that motivates me is my desire to be successful. I would not consider myself someone who believes that a “good life” is composed solely of things such as large houses, fancy cars, and lots of money, but I will not deny that all of those things are appealing to me. I confess that I watch (or rather watchED now that I am in college…) an inordinate amount of TV, and I am attracted to some of the luxurious and fortunate lifestyles certain people lead. This drives me to work as hard as I possibly can in areas of my life such as academics, because I now know that all of the hard work and effort I invest into these next four (and possibly more should I attend grad school) years of my life will pay dividends in return. I want to be able to own a nice home, live in a nice area, have nice cars, wear nice clothes, afford to send my children wherever they would like to go to school, and be able to explore and enjoy the many different passions that I have in life, such as music and sports. Renowned R&B vocalist Trey Songz once sang it best: “I just wanna be successful”.
I am motivated by my parents. They have given me so much over my 18 years on this Earth and to whom much is given, much will be expected. I have a strong desire to make them proud of me, and even though I know they already are, I will stop at nothing until they see me develop into the successful, virtuous, mature, and complete adult that they want me to become. I want everyone I meet to look at me and say, “Damn, that boy must have been raised right.”, because I believe that I was. I cannot thank my parents enough for the start they gave me. It is the least I can do in return for how much they have already done and sacrificed for me.
I am motivated by God. In the same way that I believe I owe it to my parents, I also owe it to God to be the best overall person I can be and follow His commandments. He put me on this Earth for a specific reason, and I intend to go through life, trying my best to find out what that reason is, but simultaneously not worrying about whether I will find it or not, if that makes any sense. God is my inspiration to be an overall “good person”. I am motivated by Him to love my neighbor as myself, love my enemies, turn the other cheek, have empathy for others, help those who are in need, and always be thankful for all of the good things that happen to me.
I am motivated by my fear of failure. Now this may sound like basically the same thing as my desire for success, and yes, I recognize they are quite similar. However, this is not a fear of trying and failing at just any random thing. No, I am OK with failing at something, as long as I have given it an honest effort. What I fear, is my life ending up a failure. I fear that I will not be able to find a successful job, not be able to get married and start a family, and not be able to fulfill what I hope to be a promising future that I have ahead of me. I am afraid of letting down the people that I want to show that I have made it, the people who have placed their beliefs in me. I fear letting down Southern Methodist University for accepting me and its professors within the Meadows School of Music and the Office of the Provost for the scholarships they offered me. This fear of not fulfilling peoples’ expectations for me further pushes me forward toward my goals and toward ultimate victory and achievement within my life.
Last and most certainly not least, I am going to bring it down to a more personal and individual level and say that I am motivated by my desire to be like my father. I truly believe that my father is the most incredible person in my life, and it would be an understatement to say that he is my role model. He is absolutely everything to me. It really is impossible for me to put into words just how much he means to me, but I greatly admire the way that he carries himself and how he puts others in front of himself. He is extremely smart, successful, hilarious, understanding, and he is an incredibly loving mentor and father to me. So much so, that if I am fortunate enough to grow up to be even half of the father to my children that he was to me, I will be satisfied. I am motivated to be like my father.
Well that just about sums it all up y’all! If you’ve learned nothing else about me from this post, know that I am a supremely motivated individual, and I WILL achieve my goals, live up to the expectations set for me, and fulfill my dreams! And since I have yet to put any little anecdotes of music into this blog entry, I will leave y’all with an inspiring verse that will hopefully motivate you into achieving a drive as tenacious as my own!
“All you can do is handle it, worst thing you can do is panic,
Use it to your advantage, avoid insanity manage,
To conquer, every obstacle, make impossible possible,
Even when winning’s illogical, losing is still far from optional.”