My attempt at explaining it all begins with this equation: A+(X)≠C
The very first time that I believed in something, which in turn helped to morph the way that I view the world, was while I was in my freshman year at the College of Charleston. At this point in my life I was conflicted on what it was exactly that I wanted with my life, because for its entirety, my parents were ceaseless in reminding me that the military was the best career option for me and that becoming an artist would surely be a struggle. But what they didn't realize was that at my core, an artist is exactly who I am. I'd always identified with a more creative lifestyle and I knew that the military just didn't sound right for me. Aside from the prospect of traveling and being able to see the world, the regimented lifestyle that I'd imagined the military to be didn't seem appealing to me in the least bit, yet, for whatever reason I was actually considering it. I was probably brain washed or something...
The moment that I snapped out of whatever funk I was in in believing that the purpose of my Iife was to become a soldier in the military was at a Plain White T's concert in the Summer of 2010. The band was on tour with their album, Wonders of the Younger- an album that literally changed my life and an album that I can confidently say that I can attribute my beliefs that destiny is in fact a real thing and that we each have a unique personal prophecy to fulfill and share with the world.
The essence of the album was about recapturing the hopes and dreams you have as a kid because when you're younger anything is a possibility. I left the concert that night thinking of all the things that I aspired to be in my youth and the military never quite fit the bill. I wanted to be a movie producer or a photographer. I wanted to work in the film industry to recreate this awesome dream that I had when I was 11 years old about two best friends, a boy and girl, who lived in an old western town.
A+(X)≠C is a way of illustratating the idea that life doesn't always go as planned and in order to come to the realization of what it is that is hindering you from achieving your life goals, you must work through the variables of your life until the desired outcome is reached. At the end of this tour, I don't know if life will suddenly begin to work itself out and begin to make sense. I don't even know if becoming a movie producer is what I will want with my life anymore. What I do know, though, is that I can try to begin to come to an understanding. I can work through this equation until my desired outcome is realized. This is why i'm on tour.
In the subsequent posts, I will begin to unfold and explain this equation and what it means as it pertains to why I'm on the road. Until then, just know that we all have an equation to work through in life. This is equation is: A+(X)≠C.