The other day someone asked me who or what motivated me. “Me,” I said, “I motivate myself.” I hesitated with my response and immediately felt the need to apologize for it, but the reality is, I’m not sorry. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly other people in my life who inspire me, but when it comes to motivating myself, I am the one who’s in control. One of the biggest lessons I have learned, not just this past year, but in life in general, is that sometimes you have to be your own #1 fan and biggest supporter. I have learned not to depend on anyone else, but myself, when it comes to my happiness. I once read a quote somewhere by Kyoko Escamilla that said,

Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.

So, I’m going to continue to learn, to grow, and to be a better person than I was the day before. I’m going to continue to be my own source of motivation and happiness. I’m going to continue to be selfish and to never touch the ground. Cheers to 24.

Alexis Renae Griggs


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