If you’ve read my Happiness book, you’ll know I’m a big believer in setting goals and priorities. They’re a great way to make dreams become a reality. But the world isn’t flat. Once you made it all the way to the “horizon” – the realization of your dream – it’s not the end of the world. There’s more beyond the horizon. You’re never “there”, you’ve never “made it”.
As a photographic artist, I remember selling my first picture. It was a moment of significance, a small victory to be celebrated and remembered. It was at an outdoor market, simply under a white canopy. It had taken me weeks of preparation to get ready for that event. I had bought and rented everything I needed to put together my little shop for that day, under the white canopy. It was a lot of work, and I remember thinking that having a physical store or gallery somewhere down the road would be a nice achievement. I would have definitely “made it” once that dream would become a reality.
Sometimes dreams are closer than we think. It took me less than a year to get my very own retail location, albeit temporary. By now my work has been in galleries, too. The funny part is – I never got a feeling that I had “made it”. It was just another sh*tload of work, to tell you the truth. And a unique experience, definitely worth it all. But instead of something that seemed a destination, it turned out to be simply another stepping stone on the journey of my artistic career. By now I’ve given up on the idea of “making it”. There’s always more beyond the horizon. So while I don’t think I’ll ever “make it”, in a way I already have and there’s always something to do next, whatever that may be.
It’s like driving a car during night time. The headlights will only reach so far, and what’s beyond that we don’t know. Yet we can make it all the way across the country by just seeing the next little bit of our path in front of us.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase – just take the first step. (Martin Luther King)