On December 9th, 1991, I was fortunate enough to make my way to this Earth. If I was able to understand what life was back then, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t believe half of the things I got myself into over the years. This year I turned 22 years old, finished all of my college requirements, landed a dream internship, grew more productive as a recording artist & more confused than ever!
Oddly enough, the day I turned 21 I thought was going to be the greatest day of my life. All the Drinks I want, “mental enlightenment” and mainly because I didn’t think I’d make it to see 21. With that chapter of my life complete I didn’t know what to expect from the big Deuce Deuce until a few days ago. I realized that although I’m still a young man with a Baby face, the older I get, the more important the achievements of my goals are. I’ve seen too many people chase their dreams and trip over distractions to make the same mistakes they did. Especially in the industry that I’m going into, it’s easy to lose focus on your craft when surrounded by people who have more than you/people who want the same spot you’re going for. Luckily for me, I’ve positioned myself where the only competition I have is the Man in the Mirror. Unless I’m a Maniac, I know I’m not the only one who feels like no matter what accolades I have, there is always more to be done; a true Blessing & a Curse. That’s where Strategy becomes a daily way thinking.
With that in mind, I’ve come to terms with this is the life I chose & this year cannot be anything less than monumental when it comes to personal & professional advancement. You always hear of young adults facing similar dilemmas but not many stories of how people rise above these low points. I CANNOT BE A STATISTIC! You can’t be either. In this day & time there are so many opportunities to be financially and socially stable that they often get overlooked by conventional methods of living – so if you’re like me & are not fans of routine, get Creative! Get inspired & disregard whoever steps in your way. It may be hard to do so but if you believe in yourself/work ethic enough, it will be a choice you’ll never regret.
I guess wisdom really does come with age…….
Elijah “ADRENALIN” Johnson