One day a couple of years ago, I decided I wanted to share my experiences in photos and writing.
I had recently bought my first (cheap smartphone. I downloaded social media platforms I didn’t know how to use. I picked a name. I bought this website. I didn’t know what it was going to become. I didn’t even do anything with it for six months.
In December 2014, I posted my first article here.
What was I thinking when I started this blog?
I was 24. I was dealing with a recent breakup, questioning my career path and working with a lot of the things I felt I “should” have been doing. Grad school. Finding a “real” job. Figuring out the next step.
The blog was just an experiment. A hobby. I spent a lot of time looking at travel, adventure and lifestyle bloggers. I took note of the big influencers within each space and I tried to learn from what they were doing. I paid attention to the parts of their work that really spoke to me. I was interested in how people shared their passions and what went into a story worth telling.
But I firmly believed that there was no room for another adventure blogger– and even if there was, I never thought I’d get to the level of “success” that I saw in those folks I used to stalk the s$!t out of. I thought the market was already saturated. I thought someone out there was saying what I wanted to say, but better. And I didn’t think anyone would read my blog– how were they even going to find out about it in the first place?
Reality, two years later:
- I wasn’t trying to make this my job, but now it is.
- I never thought I would call myself a blogger, but that is now how I describe my profession.
- I didn’t think it was possible to reach people from all over the world with my work, but I now do (where are you reading this from?)
- I never thought that the very people who inspired me online would be my real life friends, but they now are.
And it wasn’t like I didn’t want that stuff to happen, I just didn’t believe that it could.
Two years later, this means something much more than I ever expected. What this journey has showed me is that there was always room for new ideas, new people, new relationships, and new experiences. It was on me that I didn’t believe in that.
There is room for you in whatever you decide to pursue, because nobody can do it exactly like you will. Nobody can tell your story like you can, because they haven’t lived it. Nobody can share your heart because they don’t know the whole of it.
There is always room for your vision because it’s yours, and if you follow the trail of your own passion, you will make room for yourself in whatever area you are seeking.
In no way does this happen overnight. But when you do something you are passionate about consistently and for a long time, room is not only made for you, but the path often feels as if it’s laid out in front of your feet.
For there to be room for you, you first have to believe that there is. Then you work to make that room. And when you get there, it won’t be a coincidence.
Feature photo by BC Serna.