"The Saddest Thing In Life Is Wasted Talent"

I was recently asked what inspires or motivates me, and I went on and on about the arts, literature, nature, and finding beauty in its most simplest forms. It wasn’t until I was done rambling, that I sat back and realized that I, Candice Sesi, was almost a complete sell out to my dreams.

Years ago, I dreamed of being a creative writer. When asked where I saw myself in five years, I’d say, “Living in LA, traveling to New York City and maybe Paris. Writing articles about love, life, and friendship, and writing a novel. Oh, and in an on again off again relationship with an ex Degrassi star turned rapper who now goes by the name of Drake.” Well, not exactly in those words, but that’s what I meant, of course. Now, five years later, I’m the head of the finance department at a very successful finance company. While I am proud of my accomplishments and can honestly say I have worked so hard for my success, a major part of me acknowledges that I’ve kinda let myself down.

As we grow up, we learn that sometimes our dreams can’t pay the bills, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up on them completely, and I almost did. I am so grateful that I was given this amazing opportunity from HelloGiggles to share my thoughts and writing with so many readers, some of whom are so talented (I read your Tumblrs). I watch a lot of movies; yeah, yeah, I know, I’m single. RUB IT IN, WHY DON’T YOU!? Anyway, I will never forget the line from Robert De Niro’s character in A Bronx Tale, “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. I guess my point is, if you have a talent, don’t hide it, don’t waste it, and don’t selfishly withhold it from the world! If you have a dream, if you have a goal, then go after it. It’s never too late to do what makes you happiest. I am a prime example. Maybe I let my fear of failure get the best of me. Maybe I got more caught up in making a good living than living good. Maybe I am not where I planned I’d be five years ago, but at least I’m on the right path, and maybe after another five years in finance, I’ll have the resources available to focus even more on my writing, and less on work.

I learned from a good friend (who I will tell you more about next week) that whatever path we choose in life, it is entirely up to us whether we succeed at it or not.

Life is hard enough with all the obstacles, all of the setbacks, and all of the “haters” that stand in our way; don’t be another object standing in between you and your dreams. Get out of your own way and make things happen. I am.

Psst. For a sneak peak at the subject of my next article, check out www.berenla.com or @berenLA on Twitter.