Reinvent Yourself! "The pursuit of my own happiness as I escaped a troublesome nightmare in my daring attempt to dream for a different future" by Ivan Sanchez
10 years ago, I was fending for myself in a "boys in the hood" environment while I grieved my superwoman’s death - my mother. As a disoriented teenager desperately wanting escape the negative life style I lived and reinvent myself, I threw myself into what I saw as my clearest means to success: schoolwork.
As I took several fulltime jobs to pay for college, from pushing shopping carts at Kroger’s to selling chocolates at Godiva, I gradually escaped a troublesome nightmare in my daring attempt to dream for a different future. At the time, I unconsciously started the pursuit of my own happiness, but I took charge of my destiny. Through the struggles, broke bank account, naysayers, adversity, and life lessons, I ultimately rejected the narrative of a troubled and directionless youth for the young man you know me as today.
Overcoming the adversity, I faced fueled my desire to serve others, to help them improve their lives, as people are not predestined to misery and failure. And though the current status quo propagandizes people into deficiency, debt, and prison pipelines, as a part of the new generation, I refuse to continue to accept the status quo policies that adversely affect our communities. As my education, has changed me forever, I now take it upon myself to empower disadvantaged communities and beyond.
10 years later, the challenges I faced from a deprived, low socioeconomic teenager, to an empowered congressional liaison, allowed for a continued evolution of adaption and potential for change, but more importantly, it gave me the inspiration to further help the underprivileged as I walked those very shoes. I endeavor to change and achieve, not out of a frenzied state of panic, but because I see the endless possibilities for my life and for the people and the world around me.
If any struggling young people are reading this, rise up, dust yourself off, and find your passion. I want you to know that if I could do it, you truly can as well. Do the best you can, with what you can, while you can, but do it passionately, tirelessly and vigorously. Look in the mirror, that’s your competition. The best achievement in life is doing something people thought you cannot do. It is never too late to reinvent yourself. Prove them wrong, it can be done.
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