Chasing the Dream
Chasing the Dream
I can’t tell you how often I talk to people who gush about how lucky I am. “It’s so amazing that you get to do what you love,” they say. “I would give anything to be doing the same.”
It’s true, I’m lucky. I know that. I know that there are so many people today working jobs that are just that, jobs, while living their lives yearning for something more.
But you know what? I also worked for this. I took risks and chased my dreams – I made this happen. It wasn’t all just luck.
And that’s what I often find myself wanting to say to those people who look at me wistfully and tell me how lucky I am. I want to ask them what they would be doing, if they could do anything. And then I want to tell them to do it. No matter what it takes.
Sure, some of us have dreams that we will probably never realize – because sometimes, no matter what you yearn for, it requires a level of talent you just don’t possess. Not everyone can be a Broadway singer, for instance.
But for the most part, we all have dreams we could achieve if we were just willing to work for them. They don’t necessarily have to be career dreams. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of running a marathon. Or of traveling the world. Or of starting your own business. These are all dreams that are absolutely attainable, so long as you are willing to commit the time to planning for and working towards them.
Let’s say you want to run that marathon, for instance. What has been holding you back from pursuing it? Other commitments? Time? A fear of failing? They’re all just excuses. As long as you have legs that can move, you have the ability to run that marathon. There are plenty of training programs online, and if it is something you really want, you can find the time. You can make it work. And you can bask in the glow of knowing you’ve done something you always wanted to do once you cross that finish line.
The same thing goes for traveling. Money and time away from work are often the factors holding a lot of people back, but both of those things can be worked around. You don’t have to travel the world in one fell swoop, for instance. You can budget your vacation time and hit up one destination a year. And you can start a savings fund that is dedicated completely to your travel adventures, making sacrifices in other areas so that you can put a small amount into that fund every month. If it is something you really want, you will learn to prioritize for it.
And if it’s your own business you’ve always dreamed of, you just need to come up with a plan. Yes, that plan will likely involve risks, and you might fail – but everything worth having requires risk to achieve. You have to be willing to leap first, if you’re hoping to fly.
It all comes down to deciding just how badly you want something. But for my part? I am all about encouraging people to chase their dreams. Because we only get this one life to live, and you don’t want to wake up 50 years from now and look back with regret. So go after what you want, and tackle any of the challenges that may be preventing you from doing so. Don’t be afraid of failing either. We all fail, and there are lessons to be learned even from landing flat on your face. But you never know until you try, and if you are willing to take those risks – you could come out the other side with some pretty amazing rewards.
Who knows. You might even one day find yourself on the receiving end of someone else telling you just how lucky you are.