I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
It’s funny. Today, before I looked at the second positive thought from this series, my husband was telling me about how he’d lost sight of his dreams, how when you get older, you have a family, you settle and all the dreams that you had when you were younger are at the back of your mind and you’ve resigned yourself that they will never happen. As we get older, we rationalise our dreams and they get trivialised. It made me sad. As it is true. But this should not be the reality.
I recently watched a TED talk given by Steve Jobs (part of my 101 in 1001) entitled ‘How to live before I die’. I totally advise you to watch it, it’s so inspiring. Steve Jobs had the perseverance to follow his dreams despite failures and had the courage to live every day as if it were his last. It reminded me of one of my favourite quotes from Paulo Coelho which is ‘There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.’
This is totally me. I fear failure so much. Always have. But as Steve Jobs said: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything, all external expectations, or pride, or fear of embarrassment and failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ”
We shouldn’t have to wait until we’re dying to remember this so today I’m making a conscious choice to revisit the dreams I had when I was younger and I’m going to try my hardest to make them come true. Before it really is too late.
What about you? Have you followed your childhood dreams? Are you too wanting to reconnect with them before it’s too late?