Downplaying your dreams to help them make sense to other people has got to stop. When we soothe their insecurities and try to prevent them from casting their doubts upon us—we’re doing ourselves a disservice. We are more than capable of defeating the odds and overcoming the negativity.
Sometimes it’s hard to gauge just how far you’ve come when you’re so consumed by the outside critics. This is why creating a place of peace within yourself is so important. Understanding that your dreams are just that—YOURS. Therefore, you can’t expect anyone to view life the way that you do. The vision you have for yourself is solely for you. Don’t expect your big dreams to be valued or supported by small-minded individuals. That will never happen!
YouTuber Evan Carmichael summed up Brazilian lyricist and novelist, Paulo Coelho’s advice pretty well: Don’t be a part-time dreamer. It’s not enough to simply dream about what or who you wish to become. You have to go out and do it daily. Do something that will get you closer to what you’re looking to accomplish. How are you honing your craft and improving your talents? What are you doing right here, right now?
However, be cautious of being so “busy,” you’re actually unproductive. My grandparents’ always use the phrase: She has too many irons in the fire. This essentially means that the person is doing too much at one time. They have ultimately overestimated their ability to finish the tasks at hand. I am guilty of this more often than I’d like to admit.
Also remember to take risks! It’s the scariest thing to do at times, but totally worth it. We won’t have all the answers—not even half the time. A lot of things will seem outlandish and far too challenging. But we must relinquish this need for absolute control mixed with logical thinking. The struggle will be real; but if you sacrifice nothing—how do you expect to get anything in return?
I refuse to pretend like I have it all together. I won’t act as if I’m not technically unemployed and still roaming this earth trying to find my greater purpose. I am unsure about where I’ll be next week, next month, or next year; but one thing’s for sure—I am finally happy, healthy, and hopeful. No one can take that away from me. I am nowhere near where I want to be. Then on the other hand, I’m right where I’m supposed to be. It’s the weirdest thing—I swear.
I want all of my fellow dreamers to find this space that I’m in and thrive just the same.
-the insomniac with lyrics and a camera