31 Dec 2015 – The End of the Beginning!
Every year on this day, some of us will spend time reflecting back or giving thought to the last 364 days that seem to have passed way too quickly. For us at American Ruckus, it has been an incredible year of ups and downs, growth and change. I find it hard to believe that at this time last year, our project was still in its infancy and that at the end of 2015 we have succeeded in bringing American Ruckus into the hearts of so many that continue to support our mission of bringing awareness to those individuals who are making noise and creating real f#@king change!
Through this past year, I have had my own “Ruckus Maker” experience. This has not been an easy journey for me, or my crew. When we started this concept, we knew that it wouldn’t be easy, but we had also hoped that our dream of producing and distributing our own show, our way, without the skewed perception of a larger network and their sponsors, would be our best example of exactly what American Ruckus is all about. Never giving up, no matter what, against all odds to make a difference and create real F#CKING change!
2015 was a year of truth for us. I learned that not everyone has your best interest in mind, and just because we want to help literally EVERYONE, that not everybody wants to help us, and it allowed others to take advantage of me and my dream. This lesson was a tough one, but it eventually brought the right people into this amazing team that is now my dream team crew for American Ruckus. My team sacrifices their time, gives so much of their talent and has my back every step of the way, and for this, I’m truly grateful!
These obstacles provide valuable lessons and have shaped and will continue to mold American Ruckus into the vision I have worked so hard for. Without tripping and falling down, you can never know the strength you possess until you pick yourself up. The more you fall and pick yourself up, the stronger you will become. But the real lesson here is to truly understand why you fall in the first place.
As we look ahead into 2016, my excitement and anticipation of what’s ahead for American Ruckus is as powerful as it’s ever been! The year will start off strong as we turn the lessons of yesterday into successes of today and everyday moving forward. We have met so many incredible people who have the most amazing stories. Stories that need to be heard, and people that should be commended for even their simplest of acts that create REAL FUCKING CHANGE!
This is my OUR mission! And we hope that you will become a part of it in 2016!
From all of us at American Ruckus, we wish you a year full of health and happiness! God bless you!
“Now this is not the end. It is not the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill