WALK THE RUNWAY: A STORY OF COMMITMENT BY ISAAC O'BRYAN
A few weeks ago, I saw a sign for “model casting”. The fashion design club was looking for models for their spring fashion show. I’m not sure why, but I felt a little spark when I saw the sign.
I pictured myself on the runway and laughed a little on the inside. That could be fun I thought. Then as if on cue, my voice of judgment came rushing in. It told me I didn’t belong there.
At that point, I could have shrugged off the idea and moved on. I could have let the moment pass without a second thought. However, I’ve been looking for new opportunities. This was a chance to put myself out there, to try something new. I committed to the idea.
The first thing I did was share my plans with a friend. Again, we laughed at thought of me walking down the runway. I needed someone to hold me accountable. I even asked her to go with me. She said yes.
Last Wednesday around 8 o’clock we made the walk to Armstrong together. Dressed in all black, I was nervous, but more than anything I was excited. Once I checked in, the nerves began to settle. I was relieved to have made it this far. I hadn’t backed out.
When it was all said and done, my fears and doubts all proved to be for nothing. I walked out with a smile on my face. Better yet, I had proved to myself that it is okay to put yourself out there.
The biggest take away for me was that creativity requires commitment. You must commit to sharing your thoughts and ideas. Commit to trying new things, to challenge the status quo. Find what excites you and scares you at the same time. Then get out there and go for it.