“Too many dreams are cast by the wayside in deference to opinion and tradition.” – Alan Cohen
Too many–this is absolutely true. How many people have given up on their ideas of doing certain jobs or pursuing certain careers because men or women just do not do that kind of work, or because they were going to go into their father’s line of work, or because they were told that it is a stupid job and they will never make anything of themselves doing it? How many potentially wonderful novelists or poets have not written a word because some ignorant someone told them they did not stand a chance of being published?
It is important that we see that our dreams and aspirations are one of the only things that set us apart from others–and our decisions to pursue those dreams. When we give up on our dreams, when we throw them aside like trash, we are giving up our chance to fully realize who we are, the chance to pursue a unique dream that is special to us.
Go after your dreams. After all, they were gifts to you that could be helping to define just who and what you are. If you are not carrying them with you, then a huge part of who you are is simply missing. Do not be among those who abandon their dreams at the first sign of adversity–rather, be one of the shining stars that pursues their dreams and serves as a wonderful role model for others who need to be able to do just what they are doing.
Take a moment today to further a dream of yours.
Questions to consider:
What kinds of things contribute to making us cast our dreams aside?
How do dreams help to define us as unique individuals?
Why is it important to hold on to our dreams, even if circumstances delay us from pursuing them?
For further thought:
“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, “Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course, I’ve got dreams.” Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they’re still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, “How good or bad am I?” That’s where courage comes in.” – Erma Bombeck