This I Believe

Morgan - Harrisonburg, Virginia
Entered on February 26, 2009

I believe in following your dreams. You are in control of your destiny. Do with life as you wish, but it is yours to make or break. You can only be truly happy if you allow yourself to be.

Fortunately, I have been able to witness a situation like this first hand. In 2003, co-workers of mine decided that they were going to start their own surfing clothing company. Being a group of 22-25 year olds boys, the only reaction they received was that they were crazy. They knew they could make it big, it was just going to take some time and dedication. Before they knew it, ideas were flying, kitchens turned into meeting rooms with sketches everywhere and garages turned into small t-shirts production factories. I could see the hard work, time and money they were putting into it, all without any benefits in return yet. Soon enough products were out, and deals with local retail stores were made. A couple of sales were made, but it still wasn’t the big start they were looking for. I was sure this would be the end. To their surprise, along with many others things began to change. Over the next year, local support was at a high, with everyone wanting to contribute to the dream. Dreams were even bigger and expectations rose. Since they had gained the towns support they knew it was time to expand. Once the name got out there, sales in some surrounding towns like took off too. The kitchens were replaced by an office and garages were replaced by a warehouse. To this day the company is still expanding. It has even reached surrounding states!

From this experience I have learned that following your heart is what’s most important. Only you know how much you are capable of. If everyday we just work on being happy and doing things to achieve that, we will feel a greater sense of joy.

I told the story about the clothing company because it shows that you can do whatever you want in life. You should just follow your dreams and do whatever makes you happy. There are so many people these days, myself included sometimes, that just do what they know will make others happy even if they themselves are not. Life is too short not to live everyday as you wish. If you follow your dreams and take opportunities, I think that you will be truly happy. So keep dreaming and just remember that nothing is impossible.