Do you remember when you were younger, and you were asked the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Most children would happily reply and let you know. Some may even have a long list of things they want to be. I think children teach us a lot in reminding us that chasing your dreams is possible. They don’t tend to judge or put pressure on themselves the way adults do. I read an article from Yinyang Mother that said: She’s the one putting in the work, pursuing the passion, believing in herself because life hasn’t taught her yet that some things are impossible, and because we’re teaching her that anything is possible if only she believes.
As we grow older, the voice in our head or the people around us may try bring us down and tell us that we can’t do it. When we’re young, there’s a certain enthusiasm, self belief, encouragement and confidence in a child that loves what they’re doing. They haven’t been tainted by words from society that they can’t do this or that. They do it because they truly love it. If anything in life feels easy, then it’s most likely not worth working hard for. Everyone will face failures and changes in their lives. Our dreams may stay the same or they may change in different stages of our lives. Everyone is on a different journey. We only see each individuals life from the outside of a window.
If we don’t fail in life, then we don’t have a chance of succeeding. Most of the time, our failures come from a situation where we wanted to achieve something. Whether it was a test, an interview, a fitness goal or a rejection letter. Failure shows that you tried at something. It pushes us to keep trying, not give up, self improve and be persistent. No dream is too small if it makes you truly happy. No dream tends to have a straight path either. Many people who go for their dreams may have sweated many hours, worked at jobs that they didn’t enjoy, worked very hard and had to go through tough times. We often see success as something that’s instantaneous, but we don’t see behind the scenes.
It’s better to do something and know, then spend a lifetime not knowing. Even if we don’t achieve our dreams, we can at least know that we tried. In an article here I talked about how there is a human instinct to tend to wait until the perfect moment or the right time. The truth is very often there is no perfect time, we just need to go for it. It reminds me of the quote from J.K. Rowling: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” If I never decided to chase my dreams for music, I wouldn’t of realised that it wasn’t what I envisioned for a career. I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I wouldn’t of learned all those lessons. Everything happens for a reason.
Waking up in the morning and reminding myself that I don’t know when the end is, reminds me not to give up. There are always days that are going to feel difficult and hard, but it’s those days that push us and give us meaning in our lives. They remind us that there are things worth fighting for. Persistence is key for anything you wish to achieve in life. Remember that it’s your journey, not anyone else. Success doesn’t happen at a flick of a switch. It often takes a lot of time and patience. Dreams bring meaning into our lives. They are only destroyed if we let worry take control. There are two quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt, that I feel are a great reminder:
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”