Imagine, just for a minute, what life would be like if every human being actually pursued their DREAMS? We are told this from every coach, teacher, or general person in the pursuit of their truest potential – “Have a dream! Dream BIG!!” But is it POSSIBLE?? I suppose it is.
I know most have dreams as children: you may have wanted to be a Singer, Teacher, or Song-writer, yet you work in Construction! You may have fantasized about working with animals, or developmentally challenged individuals – yet you are a seamstress! Seeing how so many are NOT living their dreams, makes me wonder: Could our economy even continue to function if we all quit our jobs, and followed our “heart’s desires”?
Think of the impact on the medical, construction, technology, and education industries, for example. If the builder secretly wants to be a ballet dancer – who’s gonna’ build stuff?? If the Teacher truthfully wants to work in a kitchen – who’s gonna’ educate our students?? If the Welder really wants to become a successful Artist and Writer (ahem!), who’s gonna’ build our cars?? Y’see where I’m going with this??? HOW can we ALL (realistically) pursue our true, heartfelt dreams? There’s no way we’re all doing what we LOVE! We’ve just settled. Stop trying to trick yourself into believing that you’re passionate about your current work situation.
I would love to quit my job TODAY, as I know I have myriad ideas to keep me going. But I’m getting a good, steady income now, which relieves much stress. I know when I do quit (and I bloody will, so help me God!), and hang up my helmet for the last time, it will come with some fear and anxiety. I’m heading into the abyss of creative possibilities – but not certainties. So most of us just stay put where it’s safe and comfortable.
I don’t know how what effect it would have on civilization as we know it, if we all picked up our dreams today and did something with them. “Sorry, the police force is temporarily reduced, as 70 constables are taking a 3-day knitting course…” Can you imagine?? There would definitely be an ECONOMIC SHUFFLE of great magnitude (that could spill into a sick comedy film!). But many people would be much HAPPIER, right? And isn’t HAPPINESS what we’re essentially chasing?? Honestly, I think it would have a detrimental, (c)rippling effect on many, many lives, and would drastically “shake up” the foundation for which our society was designed. BUT DON’T LET THAT DISCOURAGE YOU!!!
In a nutshell, I truly and unfortunately think “people” don’t want us to be happy. “OMG – that’s a weird notion, isn’t it??” =O Yes, extremely! You need precision and structure in ANY organization (society is an organization), and if people just do whatever they wish – it’d be a complete sh*t-show! Utter mayhem, if you ask me! That is why we are usually told what we will become. “Your mom was a Teacher? Awesome – guess what you’re gonna’ become? You learn with your hands and there’s a fab shop up the street – guess what you’re gonna’ become?” You’re a 3rd generation recipient of welfare – guess what you’re gonna’ become??” Most don’t B E L I E V E they can be anything more – so they won’t even try. Further, many may feel that they have it pretty good in life – bills are paid, wife’s happy, kids are eatin’ – so there’s no need for this “personal growth” silliness.
So in ending, I will shout affirmatively: GO FOR YOUR DREAMS! YOU HAVE ONLY ONE LIFE TO LIVE! IT’S NOT YOUR CONCERN WHO WILL DO YOUR CURRENT, CRAPPY JOB ONCE YOU LEAVE! THE ECONOMY WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF! Lastly, ensure that your great idea will be able to provide more utter satisfaction than anything imaginable! It’s always a risk – a leap, jump, a hope, a GAMBLE – but it’s one you will most definitely regret NOT taking.