A few weeks ago, many of us made new commitments, goals, and resolutions to become a better version of ourselves than the previous year. There’s something about a new year that gives people an opportunity to “reset” and “restart”.
My inspiration for this article comes from Lucas Virella, a young college student in Chicago, who decided to stop waiting and just start. 3 years ago, his passion for helping the homeless became a reality. During our conversation he said, “My parents always taught me to respect everyone. Growing up, I told myself, ‘when I get older, I wanna help the homeless somehow.’”
Lucas is also a singer who has made a small amount of money on YouTube. The small amount of profit allowed him to purchase brand new clothes for a small number of people in need during the Christmas season. With this little start, he began to dream bigger. Through word of mouth and social media, the first year he raised around $150, $300 the next, and then during the past year he has raised over $1,000. He titled it HTH (Help the Homeless).
My challenge for you is to not wait for opportunities, but like Lucas, just start a new project, a new goal, or a new mindset now. Don’t wait. The best version of yourself does not truly come to fruition until you realize that every minute, every day, and every moment, is a new opportunity to reset and restart. As many of us celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday, the great man once said, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”