Do you remember when you were younger, and filled with wild ambitions?
Maybe you thought you’d climb Mount Everest, or find the cure for cancer. When you grew up, it was your dream to become a fashion designer for Hollywood celebrities. As time passed and you got a little older, those dreams slowly began fading away. At the time, you probably didn’t even notice. Now, the reality in which you find yourself is far from what you’d envisioned as a child.
The dreams are dead.
Still, some days we catch ourselves daydreaming about what might have been…if only we had done something different. If only we’d done something else. Something better. If only we’d have chased our dreams. Who knows what might have been. The sky was the limit.
Today we’re working at jobs we hate to pay for shit we don’t really want. We
hate don’t like our boss, and our co-workers annoy us. Our jobs are so simple a monkey should be doing them. “Did I really go to college for this?” you ask yourself as you sip your cup of luke-warm coffee, thinking about that better life we could’ve had. If only…
It doesn’t take long before you’re reminded why you’re still shuffling your feet through the door of your miserable job. There are student loans, car loans, mortgages, and credit cards to pay. Not only do we have all of this debt to pay for, we also have to keep up with the Joneses. Expensive vacations to exotic locations, fancy clothes, and dinners at the finest restaurants.
This is why we continue to force ourselves through another workweek, feeling like slaves to our employer…to a paycheck. But the reality is that we’re slaves to no one other than ourselves. We’re the ones who built the walls of debt that imprison us, and we’re the ones who are shoveling the ground out from beneath our feet as we continue spending.
It’s no wonder our goals seem so far away. So distant. So impossible.
If you’re looking for something more from life than what you have today, you have the power to make it happen. You decide what the future will be. It will take hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. If you want the freedom to chase your dreams, you’ll have to change your life in profound ways.
If you use debt as an excuse for why you can’t do something, eliminate it. If you don’t think you’re smart enough, educate yourself. Maybe you want to climb a mountain but aren’t in any condition to do so. Get your ass to the gym and start getting in shape. Whatever your excuse, stop letting it get in the way of your dreams and your success.
If we don’t take matters into our own hands to do everything we can to make our lives the way we want them to be, things will never change. It will never get any better. There will always be exceptions to the rules, those who get lucky, but why rely on luck when you already have the ability to change your life?
You have to decide what you want more, the life you have now or the life you’ve always dreamt of having. Even though it may feel like you’re against insurmountable odds, with enough hard work and determination you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Live the dream.
love this, steven. nicely said, and coming from someone who actually is living his dreams! :) i’m working on several of mine right now, too, and am hesitating at the next steps, but this is the encouragement i need to keep going in the right direction!
Of course I’m far from perfect, and things aren’t exactly as I’d like them to be, but I do my best to keep moving forward. We all stumble and have obstacles to overcome. The point is to decide what matters to you, and then do everything you can possibly do to make that happen. Don’t let life’s “reality” keep you from going after what you want. There will always been an excuse why we shouldn’t do something, or a belief that our dreams just aren’t practicle so we keep doing what we’re “supposed” to be doing. I don’t care for that model, and I’m trying hard to create a life where I’m doing what I’m doing not because I need to do it, but because I want to do it. I think that’s something we should all work towards.