I’ve always believed that it’s the little things that make the big moments in life. In the last month and a half, that belief for me has only proved to be more true than ever.
Almost 2 months ago, I quit my job to focus on art (my dreams) full-time. I then came home to Knoxville, TN for a family reunion, and decided on not returning to TX. Since then, I’ve met a girl, met a whole new side to myself, and given my all to chasing my dreams and making them a reality. Oh, I also sold everything I have and took a huge step to essentially restarting my life. So… there’s that.
I think most of us take the little things for granted. I also think most of us know we do. For the majority of us, life is routine. Repetitive. When we do the same thing over and over and have such easy access to the same resources, everything becomes blended and quickly fades beneath the noise of work, school, kids… Then, when these small comforts go unnoticed, the quality of life does as well. We’re suddenly “miserable and have nothing,” when we in fact have a lot more than we know.
My friend has been letting me stay at his extra property while he prepares it for renovation. There’s no running water, furniture, internet, and the nearest store is about a half-hour away. I sleep in a sleeping bag on the floor (where a lot of roaches roam at night); I collect rain water in empty water jugs I cut in half; and to upload a video to YouTube, I have to drive 30 minutes out to Starbucks. Other nights, I sleep in my car in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
I’ve sacrificed all my small comforts so that I may give my everything to my crafts.
“The dark must prevail to bring forth the light.”
-American Horror Story
It’s definitely been a struggle. Adapting has definitely been a pain in the ass process, but no struggle comes without reward. With eyes now open, I’ve been able to see what I couldn’t before. This journey I’ve jumped into has given me an appreciation for the little things that I didn’t have before stepping onto this path.
“You don’t know what you have till it’s gone.” A slightly corny and overused phrase that is also taken for granted. Like our own mortality, it’s something we hear but never listen to. And though the phrase’s words may ring hollow to so many ears, it’s meaning is the meat to this post. If there’s something you’re taking for granted, then deprive yourself of it. Though you can live without it, your hunger for the little things will show you just how much they contribute to your quality of life.
When the sound goes, you’re able to hear it so much more clearly.
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