Hello everybody, Alvaro/Lance here with another page from the Book of Danger. I used to have one of those wallet sized calendars when I was a freshman in college. On the back of it was this image of a flowery path on a mountain. It had a saying in Spanish, that loosely translated said “When your goal is to reach the top of the mountain, do not pay attention to the small rocks on the path”.
What are your “rocks” on your path? Fear? Time? Insecurity? Is it possible to even make it to that top of the mountain in the first place? Fear and doubt is a very powerful thing, especially if you go into your goals with fear and doubt right from the outset. If you go in thinking “I will never accomplish this”, odds are, most likely than not, you won’t. Is it what some call a “self fulfilling prophecy”? Perhaps. Many times it’s much easier to pay attention to those “rocks” that get in our way than keeping your eyes on your goals, whatever they may be. It’s hard to keep your sights high.
I was reminded of this while I was in New York recently with my girlfriend. While she was at work, I wandered around and got reacquainted with my childhood walking around Times Square. As I walked on the street, there was a group of people asking for charity for homeless children. As I go to donate some money, the man noticed me wearing a wrist brace on my right arm. He wished me well and asked if I typed a lot. I reply yes, and that I also draw. He promptly smiles and says to me “keep on working hard. You know what? One day I’ll be standing here, and your work will be displayed on one of these billboards” as he points up to the billboards all around us. I kind of stayed speechless, and just said that it would be kinda cool. Then he looked a bit more seriously after my full of self-doubt reply, and just said “of course. Always remember, aim up there”, as he pointed to the sky again. After we said good bye, once again he says with a smile “remember, always aim up there”.
It reminded me of how I myself am guilty of many times tripping over those rocks and just…stay there, only to try and get up, only to trip over the same rock again. How sometimes it’s so easy to just let your confidence go down and conform. To tell yourself it’s impossible to reach that top, even if sometimes it’s so close you can almost touch it within your grasp.
It’s difficult, yes, that path to the top of the mountain, to the top of your goals, will always be a rocky path. But be strong. Be persistent. Keep your eyes on the top of that mountain. It’s difficult, but not impossible. That’s it for today, thank you for reading, stay safe everyone, and remember, “always aim up there”.
-Alvaro “Lance Danger” Cortes Ortiz Jr