You can’t get something for nothing. Everything in your life will require you to give up on something else. You will have to forgo some wants for others. And if you have a dream, you will have to give up a lot. Leaving behind your home, your friends, or even the person you were, these are sacrifices you just might have to make in order to chase your dreams. But sometimes, you miss what you had.
I live in a city of 8.3 million. And of those 8.3 million, 5 are my friends.
This sounds bleak, but when you remove coworkers, relatives, and my fiancé, I don’t know a lot of people here. It is difficult to meet up with them and do anything because of the nature of transportation and scheduling in the city.
Life here is hard, and anyone who say otherwise is rich or lying.
I’m not trying to get pity or sympathy. This isn’t a cry for help from a lonely man. It’s just hard facts. I made a sacrifice to be here. I moved from a place I had been my entire life, and consequently I left my whole life behind. I went from friends by the dozens all a phone call and a 5 minute drive away, to a place where I really don’t know anyone. And what did I get for it?
I’ve written about it before, but I have a chance here to make my dreams come true. Things I have longed for my entire life that never had a prayer in Montana, could really happen here. I am in a city that is home to Marvel comics, Random House, and The Metropolitan Opera House. Where most of my favorite actors perform, and where countless films and TV shows are made. My fantasies are all very real here. But, I am not a part of this yet.
I traded the “sure thing” for the “could be.” I left safety and comfort for a new life. And while I do miss my old life, it never excited me. It didn’t challenge me like this new life has. And this new chapter is only just beginning.
While I look back with fondness, I look forward with boldness. I left Montana and my family and friends to become an entertainer. I made the trade, and now I need to make sure I get my money’s worth.