the realization of dreams
A few weeks ago I posted a status update on Facebook saying that I didn’t believe in holding down a job – I believed in pursuing a passion.
I was somewhat disappointed to read some of the responses I received.
“You should be grateful you have that option.”
Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful. But I think that my status didn’t communicate what I really meant. The point is – I don’t view pursuing passion as an option, but rather as a way of life.
The reality is, that no matter where you live, no matter what race or what background you come from; you can dream to the sky, and you can make it happen. The distance between the starting point and the finishing point may be longer for some people, but it is always possible to move forward, always possible to achieve and accomplish what you dream of. We’ve seen that in headlines, and we’ve seen nothings become somethings over night. Rags to riches. Pauper to prince. It resonates deeply within us.
But very few people actually make their dreams reality. Instead, they become cynical, and scorn other people’s ambition and drive, if not openly, then to their friends, or to themselves. Or they forget. Or they just give up, and settle. Settle for what pays the bills, and settle for what makes things work for now. Vision wanes. Hope fades. They become another robot in the rat race.
Dreams have to be clear before they are acted upon. Kids have dreams that are often somewhat unrealistic, because they are not fully informed or educated as to what they want. Or perhaps something looks more glamorous than it really is.
Sometimes dreams take remodelling. Sometimes they need new life breathed into them.
Some dreams are life long dreams – others are short lived.
Some people write off the ability to dream and see life as beautiful as something that is not part of their personality. But that is a lie. Everyone dreams. Everyone hopes. Everyone wants to be successful; whether it’s as a mother, a father, a businessman, a marathon runner, a concert violinist, a hockey player, or as a Christian.
A lot of people look at the life we live and think we live in a fairy tale. Maybe we do. But I think 90% of the fairy tale is how we perceive our lives; how we enjoy our day to day.
Life is a circle of dreams; being born, maturing, and being fulfilled. Some dreams are more practically realized as goals for the day. Things you’ve got to get done.
Other dreams are perhaps a bit more hopeful. You want to get out and see that movie on the weekend with a friend, or you want to go on a nice picnic with the family. You want to make the best turkey dinner you’ve ever made yet. You want to finally sit down and learn how to paint. Or like for me – I want to play music professionally, and support my family off of it, because I love music and love playing the violin.
It doesn’t matter whether you think that you are a dreamer or not. It doesn’t matter whether you write beautiful poetry and play the guitar. It doesn’t matter that you don’t want to stand in front of an audience of 45,000 in Central Park and play the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the New York Phil. It doesn’t matter if you never want to travel to Europe, soak on the beach in Hawaii, or learn another language.
But dreams do matter because dreams are all about how you perceive life; life as it passes through today from the past and onward into the future. It’s about how you perceive the hopes you have in your heart, and how you let them live, or how you abort them.
Those who have buried their desires to succeed and the ability to dream have died already. Their actions are nothing more than organic movements of biology; feeding, sleeping, working.
The years go by, and life still remains the same. Maybe you feel an innate sense of panic because you feel like you’ve missed out. Dreams have come and gone; the opportunities for a dream to live has come and gone. It’s too late for you.
But it’s never too late to jump start your dreams.
So when I say I don’t believe in “holding down a job,” I don’t necessarily mean just going to work 9-5. I mean that I don’t believe in forgetting your passion. I don’t believe in just doing something because you feel like you can’t do anything else. It may take you 5 years to get out of your day job and start doing what you would really love to do, but if you’re not doing anything about it today – even the smallest thing in that direction – then you’ve died. You’ve given up.
It starts with today. It starts with remembering why you wanted to do something, big or small, and realizing what you need to do to make it happen. It takes both reality and wild ambition at once.
It takes the time to make little dreams happen every day. Those little dreams connect together and make the bigger dreams become reality over time.
It takes the courage to act on today’s dream, and the faith to believe in tomorrow’s.