Have you wondered why chasing your dreams are so difficult? Even with the thought to do something, it is harder to act on it, we humans still tend to overlook it because of the fears, worries and uncertainty chasing our dreams bring.
To some, the need to “survive” in this society is heavily impacted by living a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle. As some might put it, “Unless your dreams can make you enough capital, do not chase it as your first career” Chasing your dreams may end with a negative connotation and humans find it hard making sense on the quality of life ahead. You may argue that a dream is in placed when you are able to provide for your living expenses, to go beyond the need to worry about finances, that is a dream to many. Wait on, our dreams may not necessarily be career focused. Is there an area of your interest that you would want to pursue, have you some fire left for your passions? What are we truly lacking in terms of chasing our dreams? Here are some of my thoughts.
1) Have we lost the art of dreaming? Dreaming gives rise to multiple perspectives
Dreams often begin while we are in slumber under our comfy sheets. It might seem like a bodily response to thoughts that are left wandering. We make sense of it by piecing it together with our own imagination and experiences to link the series of thoughts and events together. As what Dr Steve Greene shares, “Dreams are the goals and vision that fires your heart and saturate your soul with joy at the very thought of them, a dream does not drive you, it draws you.’ It gives rise to multiple perspectives to see your situation with a wider lens. Are you a dreamer, have you been dreaming?
2) Dreams keep us rooted in our beliefs, values of life. There is limited time to rewind the past, we only live ONCE!
Pause and realign – I am a fast paced individual (a sprinter yeah!), I like to constantly advance forward without looking at the direction that I just took, it consumes me in the chase for something greater (it is not a bad thing) but it conflicts with my ability to reason about the way of life I would want to lead. I often ask myself, what do I really want in this? When I pause and realign, I realized that I have not reviewed my experiences and I went through life like a constant change, there is no mould that I see of myself (your history does shape you but unless you see the correlation about yourself, you are just a constant evolution of your previous self) By dreaming, it keeps me in check with my beliefs and values in life that I want to achieve, I do not think that our dreams consist of negative impacts to our way of life or society, it keeps us rooted positively.
3) Trials will be present to test your dreams. It gives you the motivation to live each day.
Dreams are not a one-step process, or not a Singpass 2FA security step, dreams are for a life time and beyond. Trials will come your way and it might seem that your dream is diminishing. What do you do about it? I would want to take time to reflect on the various trials that life brings me. For yourself, could it be an area in your life that you need to take a break from? Or a push to kickstart something? Do take that step of faith.” Living your days as it were its last”? Sounds morbid, but it does give me that perspective that whatever I am doing with my life now, will I regret any of it?
Start living by dreaming!