Never Give Up On Your Passion
My name is Jeff Metz, but most people know me as Grimstyles. I'm a musician and rapper from Bakersfield, California. I was born six weeks premature, and I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth. Growing up, my childhood wasn't easy, but it wasn't for reasons you might think. I had a loving family and a few loving friends, but I was always craving more. That feeling I was craving: acceptance.
When I got into my teens I started to notice that I was different. I started questioning things. No one I knew had crutches as I did. No celebrity I saw on television or in movies had crutches as I did. At night before I went to sleep, I always wondered to myself: "Why am I like this? Why do I have to be the one with a physical disability?"
Ever since I was a teenager, I had an affinity for Rap music. I admired how rappers, like Kanye West and Eminem, could tell deep, vivid stories in their songs. Then it occurred to me that I could do this, too! With this new goal in mind, I saved up some money to record my very first song. Granted, the song didn't turn out too good, but I didn't care! I was in love! I felt I was on my way to stardom, and nothing was going to get in my way.
My very first song was recorded over a decade ago, and I'm still going strong! My passion for music and creating burns as white-hot as ever! To this day, I have over 1,000 songs to my name and over 700,000 YouTube views. I was even featured in a local news broadcast in my hometown of Bakersfield, California on Thanksgiving Day in 2020.
The moral of the story is to always follow your passion. No matter what it is, go for it! Whether you want to become a doctor, a lawyer, or an astronaut - whatever! Just go for it! I never let my physical disability deter me from chasing my dream, and you shouldn't, either! You never know where your passion will take you...