I’ve learned that sometimes the most difficult decisions are the ones that lead to the greatest rewards. I’ve learned that sometimes the deepest sadness leads to the most exuberance and joy. I’ve learned that fear leads to courage, and failure leads to success. I’ve learned that if you have a vision of magic, it becomes reality.

For me, following my passion is about making a positive impact on the world, through art, acceptance, and community. If you’ve had something that you would call a passion, you know that deep-in-the-gut feeling that you get… that urge to work on it… that constant brain-churn that never lets up… your essence becomes your passion and your identity resides within it.

Have there been times when I have felt let down, discouraged, sad, and misunderstood? Yes. But I refuse to let negativity and criticism stop me because the positive impact is far more important to me than my own emotions… so I shake it off and focus forward.

Embracing change means taking risks and stepping out of our comfort zones. It means being willing to try new things and take on new challenges. It means having faith, and trust in people. It means shaking loose of everything (and everyone) that pulls you down and making room for everything (and everyone) that lifts you up.

“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.” – Buddha

Following your passion and embracing change is a journey that requires courage, perseverance, and resilience. It may not always be easy, and there may be people who don’t understand or agree with you. But, if you believe in what you’re doing and the impact it can have, then it’s worth pursuing.

Embrace change, take risks, and trust in your abilities. You never know how far-reaching your impact can be.