I sometimes worry about being too New York-centric in my thinking. The last thing I want to appear is biased, but I feel incredibly fortunate to have grown up in New York city, just as everyone should feel fortunate to have grown up wherever you have. Our homes shape us. New York has shaped me. When I left New York in September for the Arizona desert I did so because I knew I needed to find myself and take important next steps on a road towards continuous personal growth and happiness. It changed me for the better. By taking myself completely out of my comfort zone, and doing so knowing that my finances would quickly dissipate, I knew that it would force me to think clearly about who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. In short, it would make “a man” out of me, and help me find sustainable internal happiness.
After two months in Arizona I figured out who I was and what I wanted to do. I also realized how much I missed New York. I missed my friends, my professional connections, my family, and I missed the sites and sounds of “The City That Never Sleeps.” New York has the kind of break-neck, “can do” pace that I crave. That’s my pace. I like living my life at that pace. What I also realized is how important it is to take breaks and to take vacations. Even things and people we love sometimes deplete us of our necessary energy. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. When I left for Arizona I honestly had no idea if I would ever be back in New York, and yet here I am, rested, recharged, back in the city I love. Even more importantly, I’m back working closely with my partner Lina Gonzalez, something we realized is essential to the growth of The WallBreakers. It’s important for us to be in the same city, collaborating. We’re so excited to relaunch The WallBreakers community in February and we’ll be filling you in on all the details as they near completion at the beginning of 2015.
We really do construct our own realities. Happiness comes from within, and it comes from losing our own insecurities, finding our passions, and cultivating those passions. Sure, things encroach on our sense of inner peace and tranquility constantly, but how we handle them is paramount. If you have felt yourself struggling, throw the past out the window. The present is the only time we are living in. It’s this present that will build a better future for tomorrow. Don’t worry about ten steps down the road. It’s impossible to think that far in advance. That’s how fear and uncertainty creep in. Our next step is often very clear and illuminated. Don’t be afraid to take that step. You got this! Keep getting out there and keep breaking those walls.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. Cheers to 2015: The year of the WallBreaker!