A Small Reflection — 8/3/16

It’s technically the third right now, but I’m on a plane to Scotland from Iceland and it’s 8:28AM in Iceland so I don’t really know what time it is. I’ve been up since 8AM EST on the 2nd and been running around like crazy since then. I was able to sleep a little on the plane to Iceland but I was not really able to sleep, so we will see how long I last. I’m trying to make it until the end of today.

I haven’t been able to do a lot since the last post but I wanted to take this time to reflect a little bit on my progress so far. What I have done since is email all the people working on the business with me to get progress updates. Everyone is still working hard while I’m gone and will have updates for me when I get back, which is great news. I also messaged my logo designer and he got back to me quickly with an idea for where the words will be around the logo. Hopefully that will be finished by the time I get back from Scotland and I can finally put my website up. I’ve been really happy with his work but just wish he would move faster sometimes — although that’s the case for most of the people I’m working with, since it’s not their full time job.

There are definitely times when I think I’m in a dream and there’s no way this is happening. Especially right now, when I’m doing all this traveling and to think right when I get back I’m going to be jumping right in. It’s kind of surreal, there is no way in hell that this is where I saw myself being a year ago or even six months ago; and definitely not at the beginning of college. I know I am super lucky to be where I am right now and could not be doing it without the belief and support of my main partner — 068. And also the belief and support of all the people around me. My family wants to do whatever they can to help, I know Venture for America will help me if I ask for it and all my friends want me to succeed. So, this is a big thanks to everyone for following me along this journey and for reading this far into the blog, it really means a lot to me to get the continuous support and excitement of friends and family.

I know there have already been times that I have been frustrated and it’s been awesome to have a great support system to talk things through. I can sometimes have a hard time figuring out how I really feel and what I want so having people to talk to it about definitely helps. And I know the small problems I’ve had are nothing compared to what’s to come and that’s actually something I’m looking forward to. I can’t wait for the ups and downs, the huge highs and the far down lows, the times when I’ll have to make a hard decisions and everything in between. That’s what’s keeping me going, something I look forward to everyday. I cannot fucking wait to be working 12 hours days on the truck and seeing the payoff from the work I put it. I can’t wait to spread my vision to everyone and show them what I’m trying to do. I really, REALLY can’t wait to find an 18 year-old that’s recently out of juvie and take him under my wing to show him the potential he has and what he can do. All of that is what I’m striving for. Showing people they can break the mold, don’t have to do what’s expected of them, that they can make anything possible. All they have to do is have an idea and act on it.

Wow, I just got super sentimental for the last two paragraphs and that’s not normal haha, it’s probably just the lack of sleep currently. Well, to sum it all up, I’m really fucking happy right now and every time I think about it, I just can’t believe where I am — it’s unreal. I’m so lucky to be in this situation and would not wish for anything different. As awesome as traveling the world sounded a couple months ago, I’m so happy I chose this path and can’t see where it takes me. That’s all for now, hope everyone is having a good week and happy hump day :)