Back when I was a child, I wanted to be a writer. More specifically, I was infatuated with writing a sports column and having it be in the newspaper. Unfortunately life, in the form of discouragement, got in the way and from what I was told, writers don’t make a lot of money. But, I didn’t care about making money, I just cared about my name being attached to something that people not only found entertaining and informative, yet also looked forward to reading more. So, instead of writing, I looked into any number of other things: sports, firefighter, cooking, and even teaching. They were all interesting and could be fun, but none of them were my “passion”. In fact, I didn’t know what people meant when they would say to follow your passion because I was deterred from doing what I loved.
It’s funny because everyone always says, “follow your dreams!” while they’re not fully aware of what the term truly means. It is an inspirational mainstay: probably the most commonly expressed inspirational concept ever created. It encourages us not to stay content in our safe existence, but instead to make a leap, and follow the passion that would drive us if we gave it the chance. However not everyone does it, for whatever reason. Life interjects, bills pile up, and sometimes we have to do jobs we don’t want to do just to make it through the day.
With that being said, there are a number of reasons to follow your dreams, to break the trend, and to live the life you’ve always wanted.
• It will make YOU proud. Even better than making the people in your inner circle proud, you will be proud of yourself! Your confidence will rise, and you’ll enjoy the excitement and the adrenaline that comes with doing something you’ve always wanted to do.
• To prove them wrong. All of us have been around people who told us our dreams weren’t possible. Let that add fuel to your fire. Think about all the people who said it would never happen, and go out and prove them wrong. It may not be the most mature thing to say, but fuck em! You can be motivated to rub their face in it, and be the best version of yourself at the same damn time.
• Because no one will follow them for you. Keep it 100 with yourself– no one else is going to pursue your dreams for you. Everyone has their own dreams and their own goals for what they want to achieve in life. If you don’t go for it, no one else will.
• You can be an inspiration to others. If you decide to go and follow your dreams, you will give hope to others who want to do the same. You can serve as their example and their reason why they should give it a try. You can help them, coach them, and encourage them to keep going.
• They make life worth living. Whatever it is that you love most is what can get you through even the worst days. If you are struggling, your dreams are your reason to keep going. They’re the things that motivate you wake up in the morning and try again. They are what makes your entire life worth living. Without our own dreams, we are only settling for living out someone else’s.
• You only live once. Life is short. Our days are numbered, so why spend them doing something we don’t love? It’s time to make a decision to go for it.
Now, even with all of this being said, you still have to ask yourself– what exactly is it that you want from your dream? Is it to be rich and live like the images you see on television, or is it to have peace of mind and making a positive impact on yourself and your community? Because if it’s the former then you’ll never be fulfilled with what you’re doing since it’s only for a dollar. If that’s the case, you might as well try your luck and play the Powerball Lottery.
At the end of the day, dollars don’t make you successful. You’re successful if you trade comfort for excitement, a job with decent pay and benefits for the thing that you speak passionately about, a monotonous existence for a life filled with rich experiences. The happiest people in the world collect memories, not dollar bills.