Life Lessons #1 The End of a Year

Life is an adventure

So that’s it! I’ve done it, one blog a day, every day for a year.

365 days ago I started this crazy thing and today sees me 365 blogs healthier.

I’ve tried to be honest throughout my blogs, brutally at times but I hold myself accountable to such a level that if I didn’t practice what I preached, I would consider myself a fraud.

Depression, love, sickness and loss, they have all had their piece of me these last months but I am still here, we are all still here.

So what did I learn?

I guess I have come to terms with the fact that life is an adventure, whether we want it to be or not. It’s not always a fun adventure, some days you have to fight tooth and nail to get through it but when the sun shines on another day, you realise that you are still here.

Life is hard and it’s more than likely gonna get harder. That’s ok, it really is (even though there are days I will deny that).  I have a group of people around me that love me and who will always support me

They make the struggle bearable.

Life will do as life always does, test us.

We’re stronger than we know though, we really are.

Here’s to the next adventure.

Forever onwards to glory.
Tom

Life Lessons #2

Life is about the relationships we forge

 

I am obsessed about succeeding in life, I obsess about leaving a legacy and making my mark on the world. I have done so for a long time but in the darkest of days, a thought comes to me unbidden, a voice that says maybe you have it all wrong Tom

Life without drive isn’t a life at all but more so than that, life without loving relationships isn’t a life worth living. We seem to be defined by those who love us. They somehow give our personalities purpose, they urge and prod us forward, ceaselessly.

Your parents, your siblings, your significant other and the friends you call family: without them, I dare say we would have nothing to live for. I want success in life and I will do everything I can to get it but I know that success is worth nothing if you don’t have someone to share it with.

 

Onward to glory.

Tom

Life Lessons #3

Valuing yourself

I made the decision to commit myself to acting years ago, moving away from Ireland and to a place where I literally knew one person. Fast forward a few years and I have made a serious dent in the steps necessary to be a successful working actor. 

What I have learned on my journey so far is that you have to value yourself because no one else is going to do it for you. Further more, if you fail to set the value high enough, people will take advantage of you, well meaning or otherwise.

I am an actor first and foremost (for now at least) but in the last few years I have developed my skills in writing and directing and I would say the same advice to anyone in those fields, or any field to be honest.

The harshest thing to remember is that no-one will do this for you, no-one.

The world will accept you on whatever level you place yourself. There will never be a sign that you have stepped up to a more professional level.

So you gotta ask yourself, what are you worth? What are your skills worth? The future you want, what is it worth?

Figure out that, and you’re on a solid path to success, even if you deviate from the path you’re on now.

 

Onward to glory.

Tom