Before getting up to present, the words of one of the other speaks struck me. I asked her if she was nervous. After all we were presenting in front of over 170 people, she shrugged and said ‘no because I believe in it‘. This morning as I ran around the track questioning the work that I do and how I do it. I remember that phrase ‘I believe in it’. Sometimes its hard to believe in something that others cannot understand.
Last night I watched a film on Bach, a man who dedicated his life to his music from youth to death. Yet he struggled to gain the recognition for his work. For many great artist it was only after their death that their work was embraced. For their life there existed a struggle for acceptance. Oprah mentioned in her Harvard Commencement speech that everyone from Obama to Beyonce ask the same question after her interviews, ‘was that all right’.
But if in many cases some of us may have to wait until after death to be recognized for our pioneering work well then is it necessary to be acknowledged? Or is it enough to say ‘I believe in me‘. I ran around the track for my morning refresh, chanting to myself, ‘I believe in me’. Despite the struggle, roadblocks and successes I will grant my own acceptance and focus only on the love of the journey. The rest can approve or disapprove as is their right, but they will not deter me from my decided path.