I heard a fascinating sentence, recently. “You have to FIGHT to be yourself”. Mundane? Platitude? I don’t think so. Only on the first read. But read it again, give it a composed thought. It didn’t state you need to work hard, try hard, to be yourself. You need to downright – FIGHT.

Do this visual with me right now. Imagine a scene in the Avengers where a couple of earthy (and otherworldly) heroes fight some humongous beast crawling from the sky. However many time they punch, stab or shot at the beast it comes back and back and back. Imagine you are the one Avenger. Imagine trying to punch, stab, shot at the beast but you can’t kill it, nothing you do helps, it multiplies in front of your eyes, and keeps coming at you, it’s just never ending, the swings it takes at you.

You are the Avenger. The beast is just about everyone in your life trying to detour you from what you imagined you wanted to be. You need to literally, not hypothetically, but literally fight. For the right to be – yourself. Fight, not with swords or fists, but fight with your perseverance. Mental strength. To call bullshit, among other things.

I didn’t understand this, for the longest time. How subtile this transgression is. How it takes you almost the whole lifetime to realize only handful of people (including your family) really want what’s best for you. I stand corrected, not what they imagined is best for you; but truly listening what is it that YOU want for you, and helping (or at least not obstructing you) from achieving it.

Why does it take so long for us to realize this? I’m a smart person, and it took me forever to get this. Just BECAUSE its subtle. Just because the people who are trying to obstruct you, due to their own incompetence or jealousy, fine-tuned their obstruction, disguised in concern for you.

Am I suggesting you walk through your life with an invisible sword, ready to fight at all times? Well, yes, in a way. Because at the end of the day, time is wasted. The only precious thing you need to accomplish all that you imagined. Maybe it sounds harsh to walk through life like that, but I’m not suggesting to you, or to myself, to be aggressive; I’m suggesting you be careful. To realize you only truly have yourself to lean on, and to draw strength from within yourself, instead of relying on people, their opinions and suggestions all the time. Most of those are aimed not to help, but obstruct you.

As you see, I did some changes in my life and work, over the course of last few months. I moved to a different (old) city, and you are reading this article on – Moodytwin now. Changes? See, that’s just it. It’s actually not a change. It’s what I imagined a long time ago, when I first thought what I wanted my brand to be, before I let everyone detour me, my ideas; with a subtle disguise of “trying to help me”.

When you’re trying to do anything in your life, whether its creative, artistic or none of those things but just something you imagined a certain way, stick to your instincts. Instincts, BUT combined with being absolutely realistic and objective with what your talents actually are, while doing an enormous research on a subject/project you want to dive in. I strongly suggest you do not, however, lose yourself in investigating if something you want to do has been done, and get discouraged if it wasn’t. It’s exactly when it WASN’T, you should do it.

Long time ago I imagined Moodytwin to be a creative hub, where I’ll combine designs I create with the opinions that I have. We live in supremely challenging times at the moment where people with no stand, no passion towards nothing socially important just don’t cut it. To just exist silently, waiting to go by, I never stood for that. I think what we stand for, is as almost, if not more important then what we create, do in life. I didn’t care how my opinions would affect what I’m creating and selling, this is me, with all that I am, and I wanted my commentary to be the forefront of what I offer to the world.

During that path, of creating my idea, imagining all the details, I allowed myself to be obstructed by people, detoured, challenged, doubtful. Fist meeting I ever had in Los Angeles about my brand was with a very powerful person who launched few of the most successful streetbrands in the world you all probably wear every day. He loved my idea. Loved my designs. I had a meeting with him right after a person that cuts for Hermes walked out of his meeting. On the way out he tells me: “I saw your designs before I left while the XY was prepping for your meeting, I heard you cut your bags yourself, your ideas are great, know you have a million dollar brand on your hands if you play this right”. He exits. I enter.

Ok, great. HELP me get to that prophecy. The meeting was like all my meetings go; to people, the way I look is never in sync with what I create. No one can quite place me in the folder. Not getting the fact they should open a new one. First thing he tells me – “You need to remove your opinions, your blog from your site, if someone is going to invest $100,000 in you, they don’t care what you think about Kanye West”. And I say, but I really think what I think about Kanye West, and the world, is as important to what I create. And now, this is a Los Angeles thing: men in LA always tell you word by word, logistics and all, what they COULD do for you, in such detail so that you can almost touch it, imagine it, but never actually do it.

Where did we go from there? He was getting me a job to work for Jared Leto’s lifestyle brand, only to get subtly mad when I would spend time at Jared’s concerts or anywhere near him, as there is another way to work for someone and not spend any time around them, research the work you’re about to do.

Fast forward to years and years of me listening to many more people telling me I should divide the things I do, and I should do it this way or that way, and that way is better – tons of people that really have no interest in assisting you achieve your goal in any way, but do find the way to be offended with air you breathe.

While I spend countless years not realizing how much you have to FIGHT them all to be you, to do you, people with similar ideas to my original idea stuck to their guns and ended up in Forbes magazine, describing their business model of creating clothes but championing various social issues along with it.

Whether its work, having great ideas, wanting to do something new, or just your private life, specially today, in the time of great comparing of mighty social media – I honestly don’t think I sound harsh in saying – no one truly wants what’s best for you. They might not wish harm upon you, but they do not want you to be better than them, do more than them, achieve more, make more money or have that guy, or many guys when they have none. Regardless if their obstruction comes from insecurity, and not malice, the outcome for you is the same. And do you have time for it? So, Avenger, pick your “weapon” of choice and FIGHT everyone and everything that comes your way, trying to prevent – YOU.

And welcome to Moodytwin. This time, you, me & Kanye; stay right fucking here.