Never Stop Believing in Your Dreams
As children we are dreamers; we have no limits. Our mind is a factory of creativity and imagination – full of color, full of life. As we grow older, the color fades, slowly. Eventually, we sober up and become more reasonable. Our thinking adjusts, and we quietly begin to believe that maybe dreams are meant for them, and not us.
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” ― Henry David Thoreau
How does this happen? How did we end up here?
In a world of chaos and uncertainty, the temptation exists to trade potential for security. The hypnotic influence of collective thought and conformity lulls with deceptive logic: be practical, be realistic, be sensible. These words infer an idea that life comes with guarantees. If you play by the rules, you will – in time – be rewarded. Harmless as it seems this thinking provides a false security that unravels more and more as you travel its path. Life comes with no safety nets, no safe bets. When we choose to go down this road, we embark on a journey that denies our passions, our talents, and our individuality, and that ultimately robs us of our potential, our possibilities, and our dreams.
It’s never too late to change course!
If it’s fulfillment we seek, if we wish to make our imaginations a reality and create lives we love we must do so by force; our own internal force. We must develop ourselves from within to resist the external, hypnotic forces that care nothing of our dreams. We must learn to rely on our internal compass to guide us down our less traveled path. This is our only security. This is our real power, and it comes from within.
Be brave. Be passionate. Be unrelenting.
Jim Carrey once wrote himself a ten million dollar check. In the memo portion he wrote, ‘for acting services rendered,’ and dated it, Thanksgiving 1995. He placed the check in his wallet and went on in passionate pursuit of his dreams. In 1995, just before Thanksgiving, he landed an acting role with a payday of ten million dollars.
‘You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.’ — Jim Carrey
Let us never allow ourselves to believe we can’t have what we want. There’s just no value in it. It’s better to be unreasonable and relentless. Remember: reach for the stars so even if you fall short, you’ll land in the clouds.