Unfortunately, we live in a society that says we can’t claim a title until we have achieved a certain level of notoriety in that field. So many of us only declare what we want to do. We say, “I want to be a singer… actor… dancer… writer…” or the like. Sadly, many neglect to realize that singers sing, actors act, dancers dance, and writers write. In other words, you do not need to be on the level of 1992 Whitney Houston to call yourself a singer; you merely need to start singing. You don’t have to reach the status of Katherine Dunham or even the high school dance team to call yourself a dancer— just turn on the music and move!
Follow the phrase, “I am a,” with that which you are or about to be at the moment you commence. An inability to do this may prove that you really don’t want to be that thing in the first place. Of course saying, “I am a doctor” doesn’t make me a doctor; however, I am not a doctor— I am a writer. To be a writer I do not need the same credentials I would need to become a doctor. I simply need to write and perfect my craft accordingly. Yes, an English or journalism degree may help in the perfecting process, but at a basic level all I need to do is write.
To that end, if there has been a longstanding desire in your soul to be a singer, actor, musician, painter, inventor, athlete, dancer, designer, filmmaker, model, comedian, or whatever— start doing it now! Sing at the karaoke bar; act in the community theater; play your instrument at the corner church; paint all of this year’s Christmas and birthday gifts; invent something post haste; sign up for the neighborhood sports league; dance whenever you hear music; design and create something for yourself immediately; make a film with whatever equipment you have right now for YouTube; model for your Instagram account; signup for amateur night at the funny factory; do whatever you need to do in order to be who you desire to be. Don’t wait for others to validate your dreams/goals/ambitions. You decide who you are. Don’t just want it; be it! Once you start operating in your “I am” perfect, enhance, and develop your skills daily.
So, who are you? What follows the phrase, “I am a” for you? What are you doing every day to be who you want to be? What are you doing to perfect your craft?