The thing about having dreams is that there is always someone trying to wake you up. They think they’re helping you, saving you from disappointment, or they’re just plain miserable and would like the company. Either way there is no greater disappointment than settling for what you can get instead of going after what you want.
We all have ways of seeing the world based on what we’ve seen and experienced and as difficult as accomplishing our goals might be, it’s not half as hard or as bad as the regret you face knowing that you didn’t do all you could to realize your dreams.
Especially as a creative. As artists we have a whole different trial to endure. We hear a lot about “the real world” and “real” jobs. There’s a lot of disregard for what we do. Unfortunately we do not live in a time that encourages artistic expression. Without a steady paycheck from steady work you are not seen as a respectable adult. But it’s always about the work. Keep pushing.
Dreams can come true. It’s difficult not having the support of the people around you. Unfortunately sometimes you just have to go forward and prove people wrong. Life is rough and there seems like so many reasons why you should just settle for whatever you can get. But, you cannot do that to yourself. No matter how hard you have to go and how ridiculous you think you look, you have to do what you love.
I don’t just mean professionally. Whatever goals you have for yourself, you need to go after. One of my favorite lines from 10 Things I Hate About You is, “Never let anybody make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want”. If you want it, go get it.
I have some days where I get tired, but I’m more deathly afraid of never getting what I want out of my life than I am tired of trying. Sometimes we just have to remember why we’re doing it and let that get us out of bed and pounding the pavements to find a way.
I know one thing that always makes me feel like conquering the world. Closer by Goapele. That song just makes me feel like I’m almost there. I am putting the video below so we can all get that almost there feeling.
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