Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Walk This Way

I realized something today - I have been doing it all wrong.

You see, up until this point, I used to answer "because I liked seeing my name in the paper" with regards to how I got into journalism. That is partly true, but its ultimately the passion of waking up every day and having no clue what will happen.

For example, in one week in New Orleans I was on a movie set, riverboat and at a charity softball game.

I have learned that I will do things solely out of love and faith, not comparing myself to other journalists, but finding ways to bolster my God-given attributes. That means working not for a byline or photo credit, but for sheer passion. I believe I am blessed with the journalism skills needed to tell the stories of others. And part of that is working the hardest I can.

So I will, in this new direction, remove myself from "competition" or looking at what others are doing. This is what I do because I love it and am blessed with it - period.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Fighter

No, this is not another Kelly Clarkson reference (try Gym Class Heroes) to start a blog post, but rather, a call to action.

At this point in my life - and beyond journalism - it will be a daily grind on all fronts; be it college, work or social life.

This means sticking to standards, but at the same time allowing leeway for other opportunities. Life happens, often times without a plan, which means adapting and thriving. Fighting, in a sense, to work harder and commit longer.

It is a delicate balance, one difficult to manage, but usually worthwhile. So how can I improve?

Start with this. That video link sums up life rather sadly, but it allows the viewer to shed some perspective. More than likely, something along the lines of "Why was I complaining today?" or "Why am I not doing this?"

I have said this far too often, but I will continue to work harder each and every day.

"This one's a fighter...that's what they'll say of me, say of me."