What I want you to know
I grew up in a small town without the benefit of a particularly good education, beauty, connections or a lot of money. These things however didn't stop me from having a clear image in my head of who I want to be and how I want my life to be like. I didn't have room for doubting myself, or the luxury of fearing failure; I didn't have time to waste.
You should have seen me in high school. Big hair, bad skin, thick glasses, even thicker braces, and questionable taste. Now I'm working in an industry where the superficial reigns supreme! At the end of the day though, I feel that what I do inspires people to aspire for beauty in their lives. What I do makes it possible for others to transform themselves the way I transformed myself into who I am today.
With it, I've achieved a modest amount of success. It's enough that I can live independently, travel, and pursue my other passions like watercolor painting.
My point? There are many things that seem impossible from where you stand at the moment. I just want you to know that nothing is out of reach as long as you work hard, do the time, and maintain your presence of mind (i.e. focus). Find courage. Take that leap of faith, for sometimes it is the only available means of transportation.