“To me, Valiance means bravery. In times like what is going on in the world, you definitely have to have bravery.”
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If asked who Justin “Jonezy” Jones is, most people would say a dancer. It's true that his natural talent for dancing helped him to stand out from the rest of his peers for a long time, but he faced a moment in which he had to find out who he truly was, and which direction to take his life. In his quiet space, he asked himself how he could impact the world. The answer he found within himself was a desire to influence change in the world by promoting mental health. Jones uses video game streaming as a platform to promote mental health. He found it a more personable way to reach people than using traditional social media platforms. Streaming allows Jones the time to speak to people one on one, to be an advocate.
Jones has his own history battling with mental health issues. During his time dancing, he felt that depression followed him. Even when he was on a stage full of people, at times he felt completely alone. He learned many lessons during that time. One of the most important lessons he learned was that he could not ground himself by placing his complete trust in people, because they would inevitably disappoint. He chose to build himself upon a foundation that he knew would be more stable for him, his relationship with God. In those times when he would feel depressed, he chose instead to pray and to create a schedule for himself that would give him the discipline to grow and heal as a person. With the understanding that not all people have the same spiritual walk, Jones encourages everyone to find something that makes them happy and focus on that thing, instead of dwelling in negative thoughts. He shared that finding stability and foundation was what helped him to pull through his depression.
Jones attributes his motivation to keep pushing through life to pursue his goals to his parents, especially his mother. The confirmation from his mother gives him courage to continue, even in the face of challenges. Getting used to this new platform on influencing has been a learning curve. He shares that he is used to posting his dance videos, which are edited and perfected before releasing. However, when video game streaming, it's all live. Any error that happens, simply happens and there is no way to fix it. Therefore he takes time to think through his thoughts and be sure of what he wants to say.
“I see myself communicating to the masses, spreading love and positivity”
In the next few years, Justin Jones sees himself continuing to use video game streaming to spread love and positivity. He shares this sentiment to everyone, even people who might have wronged him. Jones is eager to share the tips and lessons he has learned throughout his life and from his mentors. He wants people to know that they are not alone.
He encourages anyone who wants to pursue the same vision of influencing through video game streaming to continue to pursue it even when you aren't passionate about it. There will be off days, times when you don't feel like doing it. Be excited about the small victories and keep pushing forward.
“Take the time to be different”
“Make your world, wherever you are”
Justin Jones is a catalyst for change by taking the normal, day-to-day activities, and tweaking them. He chooses to take the time to be different. He makes every moment his own. Jones hopes to leave his mark on the world by inspiring. He wants to be known for the words he says, the way he encourages people at their lowest point. Justin Jones chooses to display valiance by being bold, purposeful, and creative in the way he advocates.
To see more of Justin Jones work, check him out @jonezyofficial