“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do”
– Mark Twain
This quote hits me hard. Zig Ziglar once said that, “The right quote can inspire people to change their ways”. I can’t deny that. This quote by Mark Twain made me rethink about the purpose of living and the time I wasted in the past.
How many of us are actually living the way we wanted, the way we dreamed of? How many of us can say we have no regrets in life?
And how many of us are just living someone else’s life?
Look back at the past few years and ask yourself:
“Did I enjoy what I did in the past?”
“Am I doing what I really love?”
“What if I had the guts in the past to do the things that I really wanted to do?”
“How things will be different now if I did that?”
Be honest to yourself. It takes time to answer these questions. Asking yourself these questions makes you understand a little bit more about yourself. You will start to realize and discover what you really want. You start to see things differently. These hard-hitting questions get you right where it wants you.
Everyone Have Dreams
Remember the time when you were small, you said that you want to be a scientist/artist/Superman/Batman? Everyone had a dream, which might have sounded crazy, especially when we were small.
It’s true that when we grow up, we realize the world is totally different from what we once thought and our dreams change as we adapt to this new reality. But, my point is, if we as children dared to dream, dared to aim for the stars, why is it that when we grow up, our dreams shrink? We concede on our desires, inch by inch? We give up on our goals for simpler ones? Doesn’t it sound ironic to you?
Now, as we grow up, our understanding of the world increases. We see the ugly side of the world, we realize it’s not all sunshine and roses. We realize that life will put obstacles in our way and it will try it’s best to put us down, to stop us from achieving our dreams. But, why can’t we try to develop a plan to move around these obstacles and fulfill our dream? Most of us focus on the problems, instead of the solutions. We focus on negativity.
The Right Way to Dream
It’s not necessary to only have big dreams. There’s nothing wrong with having small dreams. Let’s admit it. Every single person on the earth dreams of being a billionaire. But, that’s probably because the environment and the society that we lived in had shaped such a paradigm in our minds over the years, especially when we get in touch with the real world.
It’s okay to dream to be a billionaire. But only having this “dream”, won’t take you anywhere. We can’t deny the fact money is important and with lots of money any dreams can be achieve.
But, if you are only chasing money blindly, you will experience burnout eventually. You might succeed, but you will most likely end up achieving empty success. Steve Jobs once said “If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” You won’t last long if you are chasing the wrong dream – the dream that won’t satisfy your inner needs.
“Chase your passions and money will come. Chase money and you may never find your passions.”
– Colin Wright
Keep in mind that chasing after money is an exhausting journey. While chasing after passion, undeniably, is also an exhausting journey, you will always be pumped up by the small achievements in your journey of achieving your dreams. At least you’re enjoying what you do and you will be living your own life (the one you want to live).
You Only Live Once
Amidst the all the noise we experience in our daily life, most people tend to forget that we only live once. Once.
Do you really want to waste the rest of your life? Living in a way that, you don’t feel like living?
Do you want to end up regretting the things you didn’t do before you die?
Recently, I stumble across an article, “20 Things People Regret the Most Before They Die”. The author states that one of the things people regret before they die is not following their passion in life. I bet that you don’t want this to happen to you, right?
Following our dreams and passion requires courage and persistence. It requires strong will and determination. It requires a willingness to leave your comfort zone and break away from your shackles. It is not an easy task, but it definitely worth the sweat and tears.
Bruce Lee once said, “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of” How many years do you have left to pursue your dreams? How much time are you going to spend living someone else’s life, a life you do not want? It is time to rethink.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
– Steve Jobs
YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO DREAM A NEW DREAM.
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