It occurred to me today that I’ve run The 21 Convention not only since the age of 17 and since the Summer of 2006 — not 2007 as is commonly believed — but also, against the tide of every relevant obstruction conceivable. I have maintained it’s foundation and nurtured its momentum during this time span, in the face of every single personal battle, struggle, obstacle, and loss.
I have overcome time and again my own self-doubts, insecurities, fears, and failures.
I have triumphed over the fears, doubts, and criticisms of others — both those who care for me, are indifferent towards me, and those who posses negative emotions for me, and/or carry opposing world views.
I accepted the death of my best friend, and the greatest man I have ever known during this time.
I conquered my fears about leaving college and straying, almost violently, from the conventional path in life.
I maintained The 21 Convention in the face of every other professional endeavor that presented itself to me, both practiced and that which remained only a potential.
I maintained The 21 Convention through every living situation, every financial situation, every friend relationship, every family relationship, every intimate relationship, and every professional relationship.
I have maintained The 21 Convention through every bout of depression, anxiety, hopelessness, despair, confusion, boredom, uncertainty, and heart ache.
I have sustained it at all costs. Personal, financial, psychological, spiritual, emotional, social, romantic, and so on.
If there is one single thing I have learned, staying so diligently on this one track, it is that I am a rational being, I am competent to cope with reality, and I am worthy of the success that such competence breeds — and above all, that no one can take this away from me.
These realizations are personal achievements that are my own property, of incalculable value to me, and of the greatest importance to my happiness on earth.
Long live The 21 Convention and the unwavering line of man I have been able to draw with it thus far.
— Anthony Dream Johnson