Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Power of a Dream

Ever had a dream? Ever wanted to do something that you were so passionate about that you would stay awake for hours each night thinking about it; how to get it done, what to do, and how to do it? I have and I know what it feels like.

The only thing worst than trying to live your dream and failing is not trying to live it at all. Imagine waking up one day to the realization that your life has ended or is coming to its end, and you spent your entire life living for something you had no interest in doing in the first place, and no passion for; you think death is worst? You should try doing this.

Everyone, no matter how young or how old, cultural difference or belief has a dream. So the question is why aren’t most people out there living theirs? It could be that you think the dream is silly, no one will support or encourage it, but instead will laugh at the mere thought of it. It could be that you’re afraid of trying because the idea of failing seems somewhat unbearable. It could be that you can’t find the time and that you’re too pre-occupied trying to pay the bills and can’t be caught up with the ‘childish hope’ of having a dream. Whatever the reason, or before you agree that “hey that one sounds like me”, let me break it down for you. Firstly, you should know that any dream that is unique and shows imagination and creativity will be seen as silly or downright stupid, so prepare yourself to be ridiculed, but that’s okay. It’s your dream and no one else’s, you don’t need approval to have it or to live it, and if that’s not enough to convince you then there’s the simple proven fact that every great idea, invention, creation, discovery started out being ‘a stupid dream’. Secondly, in life there are risks, simply stepping outside your doors to go to that job you hate so much is a risk, there’s no guarantee that you will go to work to find yourself still in a job or even that you will live to see another day, so we’re taking risks everyday without even being conscious of it. So why should it be so hard to take this risk when the rewards are so fulfilling? Failure is inevitable in anything you wish to accomplish in life there has to be failures, why? Because the more you fail the more you learn to do it better the next time, the more you fail the closer you are to getting it right the next time, the more you fail the more you learn from the experience, and the more you fail the more you learn to appreciate the sweet thrill of success when it comes along, but if you don’t try and fail how can you succeed? I for one love failing, now I don’t see it as a disappointment. I see it as “this way didn’t work so I’m going to challenge myself to find a way that does, because I know I can succeed”. So you think you don’t have the time, think you’re too busy? Take the time to think about the things you do with your life on a daily basis when you’re not working or studying. Going out with friends, browsing the internet (Facebook anyone?). The truth is you have more time than you even realize, it’s just a matter of sacrificing other activities to find the time to do it, because believe me when I say if you don’t take the initiative to, no one’s going to do it for you.

Many need to realize a dream is not simply a foolish, childish thought that each of us may have. A dream isn’t just another hot air scheme to try at something new, nor is it a means to occupy your time when you are bored, that’s what hobbies are for. A dream, when there is a genuine passion for it, gives a sense of purpose, to add value to your life and makes you feel as if you are not living your life aimlessly, it gives fulfillment knowing that you can wake up everyday doing what you love and loving every second of every day of it. It puts a constant smile on your face and in your heart, but most importantly, a dream sets you free from the harsh realities of this world, to give you a place where you can finally be set free with absolutely no burden that comes with life (school, work, even personal relationships). Wake up living each day as if it’s the happiest day of your life, imagine doing that everyday.

Still not convinced, well take the time to read through this link

The sooner you understand that no one will make it possible other than yourself, the sooner the fear of failure, ridicule, or timeliness will seem irrelevant and that first step will be taken. At the end of the day all you need is that first step, don’t worry about the ‘how am I’ or ‘when can I’ or ‘what or who can I’. Once you take that first step you will realize as I did that when the first step is made everything else will simply fall into place, as if everyone and everything were just there waiting for you to make that first step.

There is more to life than struggles and hardships, pain and unhappiness. There is more to life than you having to wake up everyday of your life feeling like you have no reason to get out of bed today, there is more to life than feeling as if your life holds no value to it, as if you are just floating along on the waves of the ocean with no sense of direction and no purpose. Know that there is indeed more to life, and one of the best ways of finding out what that is will be to…

Live Your Dream.

See the poem “The Dream” in the previous post.

All the Best.

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