How to Become Your Best Self

When I was a child, I loved playing with action figures. It was fun making them fight, but it was even more fun coming up with the backstory. Why is the Incredible Hulk fighting Ronald McDonald? What conflict ensued that led them to fight? How did Ronald McDonald get so strong all of a sudden? These questions gave meaning to the action. I had no idea that what I was doing was storytelling; at the time, I was playing. It later dawned on me – though I was only a toddler – all those years, I was flexing my creative muscles. I was doing what I loved, and that’s the key.

Now, I tell the stories of real people. I listen to patients who overcame the odds at our client’s hospitals and used the imagination I’ve trained for years to tell their stories. By hearing the incredible stories of these people, I can bring them to life in a way that reaches the heart and highlights of how our clients have changed and saved lives.

But it’s not just the stories of the individuals I love to tell. It’s also the stories behind the companies. Some of these businesses have stories that go back decades. The way these brands are born and how they grow often tells narratives as intriguing as they are emotional. For example, one of the hospitals we work with began exclusively as a women-run auxiliary in the 1950s but eventually expanded and recruited men to become the extensive facility it is today. Without the efforts and struggles of these brave, intelligent women, the establishment wouldn’t be here today.

Stories exhilarate me. They have the power to convey ideas to people in a way simple words don’t. This power fills me with curiosity and purpose. For me, finding my dream was relatively simple. I loved stories since my youth, and I found the perfect way to utilize that passion.

To become the best version of yourself, you must first know yourself. What do you want out of life? Most people are so focused on what they must do, they forget about what they want. Even when we do have time to think about it, so many of us have no idea how to answer the question: What do you want to do?

Digging to the truth about yourself is not only uncomfortable, but it’s also arduous. In fact, it feels impossible. The journey to yourself is long and tiresome, and you may never find the answer. Even if you did figure it out, you might fail.

But the one thing more crushing than failing is never beginning the journey in the first place. Leaving this world without searching for the best version of yourself is like keeping that person in a cage. Whether you like it or not, they’re in you, and they want to be free.

All I can say is, don’t give up. Keep searching for your passion, even if you don’t think you have one. As you begin to discover yourself more and more each day, you’ll find your quest, and you’ll refuse to let any obstacle block your path. If you love something, nothing can stand in your way. You can become a great football player, a great painter, a great doctor. The only question is, do you want it?

Search deep inside yourself for the thing that you want, the thing you crave. But relax. You’ve got time. Follow your heart, and there will be no fear.

At Copy & Art, we may have started small, but we knew what we wanted – to create, to innovate, to dream. We’re here to help others reach their dreams too. If you want to follow your dream of being a copywriter, copyeditor, or graphic designer, call us at (914) 607-7888 or shoot us an email at work@copyandartny.com with your cover letter and resumé.

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