Everyone has their dreams, no matter who you are or what position you are in. Whether it is that you want to be in a better situation than you are now, or you dream to have more money, more freedom or more happiness. Then you have the dreams that you have formed that you set as goals and work towards, like starting a company or starting something new like a career or hobby or you want to create something to show who you are, like a book or vlogs or podcasts. Dreams can be small, or they can be big.
I’ve chased many dreams in my life. Some of them I caught and then let go, some I never even got close to, and some I held in the palm of my hand. Whether I caught the dream or not, it was never an easy task.
“Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle, not your lifestyle around your career.”
I know there are some out there that don't believe in planning ahead. We never want to be bogged down by expectations and rules but we create these plans for our own benefit. Planning ahead could mean planning for the distant future or even for the day. Regardless of what kind of planning is done it will no doubt help you save money, time and your personal well-being.
Fear: That terrifying feeling that grips your entire being into paralyzing inaction. A state of being that prevents us from living a full and complete life where our dreams are possible and life is full of beauty and wonder. Fear of living is not living at all. It is death while breathing, but not completely... It is the inability to see your potential, realize it and make It happen. It is utter agony to be in such a state of inaction where your thoughts control your motivation and next steps.
Last week, I took a 20 minute nap and when I woke up, my thought was “Wouldn’t it be nice if I were to spend those 20 minutes doing something that will help me in the future?” Don’t get me wrong, it was a good nap and I was refreshed afterwards, but after I take one, I can’t help but feel guilty and lazy. To me, when I take a nap, I feel like I’m not being my best productive self, and am stopping time and my growth. During this summer, I’ve had a lot of free time, and I’m sure I’m not the only taking advantage of this time, but I don’t want to be like the rest of my peers. When it comes time to applying to college or jobs, I want to have a list of skills that will differentiate me the pack; and now, going into my junior year seems like the time to do that. Here are skills and thing I want to do during the next two years before I graduate.
Have you ever had an idea that was laughed at? Or a goal that others said was impossible or crazy? Or maybe they just questioned why your goals were goals at all? If so, then you're in the same company as Wilbur and Orville Wright. These brothers persevered through adversity for the unseen benefit of mankind. They transformed the world. How can we use them as a guide point to transform ourselves?
Whether you're just starting to work out in the gym, getting rid of a bad habit, or starting a new stressful job, we all need motivation. In the last year, I've started numerous projects, and most of them I don't finish. Why? Because of my lack of motivation and overall desire to keep going with something. I had a fresh idea in my head and I was so ready to start executing it, so I quickly began. Each project I started off strong like an athlete sprinting when they begin their mile, but then I would reach the middle of this project and all of that desire I had was washed up. Before, I didn't know the reason why I didn't want to keep going, but not too long ago I've found the reason. I've found why I wasn't motivated and not giving myself that necessary push, and that what was holding me back and leaving me in the same space every time I quit.
Ever since I was a child, I had always dreamed of travelling the world and experiencing various cultures. Such a dream only got bigger during my schooling years when I studied Japanese up to year 12. While there are many obstacles in my way, the biggest one is that I was born with a somewhat rare genetic disorder/chronic illness called Cystic Fibrosis which has taken a huge toll on my life, both physically and psychologically. From a young age, I was told I might not make it past my teenage years. I remember crying myself to sleep some nights because I thought I would never have a chance to chase my dreams.
Finding your inner beauty sometimes isn't about how you look in the mirror, how others see your true character, or what you do to prove yourself. Sometimes your inner beauty is what you do to care for yourself, nurture, love, and invest in yourself. My new mantra is "Why can't I?"