A few days ago, I was driving in my neighborhood wondering how is it that I can connect to an audience if I have not gone through some of the degrees of struggles that they may have experienced.
In this moment, I thought back through my childhood and realized that even though my circumstances and environment did not lack any necessities, I had dealt with a long lasting feeling of being uncomfortable. My discomfort in life grew upon me because situations and circumstances throughout my childhood were painful, challenging to deal with, not of my preference, and most often many things did not agree with my values or meet my expectations. I know I was only a young child then, but my family taught me about things like value, quality, love, peace, honor, respect, giving, and most importantly,
"You don't get out of life what is owed to you,
You get out of life what you earn."
So when I encountered circumstances that lacked any of the qualities or values that are important to me, most often than none, I felt that I had to work harder for them. In different respects, my work ethic began to reflect the things I valued and throughout my childhood and teenage years, I grew a hunger to create a quality lifestyle that surrounds me with the things I believe are most important in my life.