People often say that you should follow your dream. They promise you that dreams can come true.
Do they really mean that? Are they following their dreams?
You may look at someone who says that to you and see that he’s living the same kind of boring life that you are. Is that really his dream? To go to a boring job every day and sit around watching tv every evening?
Does he even know what his dream is? Do you know what your dream is?
Yes, Dreams Can Come True
Like many others, you may have a dream to travel long term. Have you shared that dream with friends who said long-term travel wasn’t realistic? They probably then advised you to choose something more realistic to long for.
Maybe you heard that from others and started to believe it as well. You then put your dream on the back burner and maybe even felt silly for ever thinking that you could possibly travel long term.
But your dream still exists even though you try to ignore it. Whenever your mind wanders off and tells you that there must be MORE to life than what you do every day, that’s your dream still trying to get your attention.
If you’ve dreamed of traveling to the most exotic locations in the world since you were a child, that’s probably the MORE that you need in your life. It’s likely exactly what you need to do in order to make your life more meaningful.
Identifying Your Dream
Some people knew what their dream was from the time they were very young. But you may not even realize what your dream is. That’s okay. Some dreams take longer to make themselves known.
For example, if your dream is to become a lawyer and other people in your family are lawyers, then your dream probably made itself known to you early in your life.
But if you come from a family of lawyers and your dream is to be a modern nomad, then your dream may have trouble coming forth because it’s so far from what you already know.
You might have had inklings about traveling the world, but you might have believed that family members would make fun of that desire. So you might not have given it your full attention.
Open your mind to all possibilities and listen to your heart. It may take time for your dream to make itself known, but it will be worth the wait.
Let Your Dream Come Forth
Whatever your dream is, embrace it. Don’t judge that it’s too impractical or flighty. Yes, there are times to be practical, but your dream may not be as impractical as you think at first.
So, when it tries to come out of hiding, don’t stuff it back into the dark recesses of your mind or emotions.
“Give your dream permission to come to the forefront and stay there.
If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do? Would you quit your job and take off traveling?
Well, money is an issue, so you have to figure out how to get around the financial problem to make it possible for you to hit the road.
That will mean giving up some comforts that you enjoy. That’s inevitable. But when you’re out on the road, the things you gave up will seem inconsequential in comparison to the adventure you’re having each and every day.
And what if you don’t fulfill your dream? What are the consequences? You could end up later in life wishing that you had taken more risks and fulfilled your dream.