I must be crazy!
I sit here everyday and dream about what I want out of my life. To be quite frank, I’m not hoping for a lot. My mind is constantly racing with all kinds of different thoughts and ways to accomplish my goals. I’m always looking for the next way to better myself. I’m always wondering “am I on the path that’s intended for me? if so, how will I know?” Many times it’s caused me to impulsively leave a job, drop out of college and do crazy things, that at the time seemed like the best way for me to get to where I want to be.
But now, I look around at my classmates who have all graduated college and have degrees and are working in their respective career fields and I’m happy for them, I really am. To any of my high school friends that are reading this, just know that I am cheering you on from afar! It also makes me look at myself and the situation I’m in and go “Damn, am I missing out? Did the decisions I make set me back?”
I love my life, and everyone and everything that is in it. I am very grateful for my few close friends and my family. They have supported me through thick and thin, and continue to support me as I pursue down this path of trying to start my own (along with Brandon) media network. This is easily the most passionate I have been about anything that I’ve done with my life. Before we started The B.A.Network, I had no idea what I wanted out of life.
I always have loved sports. Seriously! always!. My Dad called me after the Cavs won the Championship and talked about how he remembered me asking to go to a Cavs game when I was 4 or 5 years old. Growing up I always thought I would be an athlete honestly, but I didn’t have the drive or the motivation to chase that dream like I should have. I really didn’t have a backup plan either. So I went to community college right out of high school because.. well, because my friends did. So I picked a major only because I was required to do so. After a few semesters, I stopped going, because I had bills to pay and couldn’t focus the way I needed to. I had to choose; It was either struggle to pay bills and barley squeak by, or just stop school and focus on paying bills. I picked option number 2.
Now here I am, 25 years old, no degree, and my classmates are all either working 80 hours a week in the hospital or running around chasing Pokemon and smoking pot.
I’m somewhere in the middle
I’m working 40 hours a week at a regular job, trying to start something with my best friend. We started with this Blog wanting to give everyone a chance to speak their mind. In the world we live in today, everyone seems pretty good at that. Since then we have expanded to Podcasts and YouTube accounts which has led us to start calling ourselves B.A. Network. Right now, we are nothing. And that’s okay. Because I finally found what I’m passionate about. I can look at my classmates who are doing the career they chose and feel like I am right along side them, because I too am doing something I love to do. I can look back at all the decisions I’ve made and know that they have set me exactly on the path I’m supposed to be on. The only thing we need now, is for our passion to catch on and get noticed.
I’m not gonna lie to you and tell you that this has been all fun and joy, it truly has been work. Brandon and I are constantly looking into different avenues and putting in hours trying to improve every little detail of our “Network”. Brandon puts hours into making posts for his B.A. Food Instagram account. I put hours into researching different topics and information for my B.A. Sports Podcast. But ITS FUN. I wouldn’t do it if I felt that it wouldn’t be worth it in the end. Sometimes, it has been hard motivating myself when we bring in writers that we are excited about only for them to never post for us. It has been hard trying to focus on paying my bills and working when all I want to do is be here improving. It has been hard looking at our stats and seeing that we are sometimes getting >5 views in a day. It doesn’t affect only me,but my girlfriend gets annoyed that I spend most of my time and attention to my site instead of on her, and I don’t blame her. But I really believe deep down that we are going to turn this into something special.
For any of you that know Brandon and I personally, you will know that we are kind of like yin and yang. Brandon is a very “out there” personality, he always liked the spotlight shined on him, and that’s when he comes through the best. He is very knowledgeable about a lot of different topics, and he can be one of the most passionate people you will ever meet. While I myself, am more introverted. I keep to myself for the most part and would rather be responsible for someone else’s success than my own. I take pride in helping people accomplish what they set out to do. That’s why I really believe that there couldn’t be a better team than Brandon and I to get this to where we want it to be. He pushes me to want more for myself, while I push him to share his knowledge.
I started this post by saying that I dream about what I want out of life. I’ll tell you what it is. I want to be happy. To me happiness comes in different shapes and sizes. I want to be happy at home, with my family. I want to be happy at work. I want to be happy when I look at my bank account. The B.A. Network will provide me with an opportunity to accomplish all that. So until that happens, I will not stop working, and I will not give up.
I know that there are going to be some people out there that read this (mostly from my small town, and that I graduated with) that will just kind of chuckle when they read this and think I’m crazy and not believe in us. That’s fine. If that’s how you feel everyone is entitled to their opinion. That thought alone is what caused me to start this thing. A chance to share their opinion sometimes that’s all anyone needs. So that’s what I’m doing, with you, right now. I am giving you my opinion that we will get this going. So to anyone who has actually read this far, I thank you for your support, and I hope that you continue to support us on this journey. If you are looking for your chance to share your opinion please contact us, we are always looking for more writers to share what they are passionate about. It’s as much about our writers as it is us. So if you could, please check out the following sites: