Whether you’re graduating from high school or college and just stepping into adulthood, the truth is there’s something left unsaid in commencement speeches. Among all the books, laughs, nostalgic thoughts only the optimistic future is openly addressed. How about those of us those are still lost? Regardless of the level of optimism we begin adulthood with, we will soon learn what ‘day in, day out’ truly means to the average individual. Routine, frustration, exhaustion. It is one thing to dream big but has anyone ever told you about the pure anger and disappointment before the day they found success? The journey to success is the process of living, not just the remainder of your life after becoming a millionaire.
We’ve been misguided to believe that dreams are supposed to be lived and carried out a certain way.
As people with dreams and ambitions we encompass pieces of passion, dedication and patience. We claim to others that we are destined for said dreams, yet seek how-to’s in hopes of validation that such ambitions are worthwhile in their eyes. Truth be told, satisfaction comes in many forms and the idea of unfulfilled dreams should not be a sufficient reason for anyone to stop trying.
In our world, there will forever be a more abundant supply of talent than demand for them. Talented so many of us are, but talent again, is not immune to rejection and failure. What we envisioned our lives to be in our youth is not the ‘be all end all’. Seeking a day job that falls beyond the scope of our original passions doesn’t equate to having no ambition. Why? Because inherently, we’re chasing the idealized concept of dreams to find happiness and satisfaction.
My idea of a dream is to travel, write, and develop my own business all in a day’s work. Naturally most people would assume I’ve enjoyed writing since I could pick up a pencil — that being published is what all writers envision to be success. But the desire to write never occurred to me until a little over a year ago. It made me realize that we don’t have to continue having unconscious dreams to which we have seemingly no control over. We have the power to make a conscious decision and desire dreams beyond visions of our youth. Our dreams can be selected.
True passion cannot be defined by any one individual and ‘day in, day out’ is just the cherry on top of our conceptualized dreams. Assumptions are always made involving giving up on dreams because it makes for a realistic future. If we’d only realize sooner that dreams aren’t fluffy clouds we land on, but more of a flower bed of thorns — beautiful on the outside, potentially harmful on the inside.
So let us realize one thing: the grueling days will still exist regardless of whether we choose to make a conscious decision to hold onto the dreams or not. And whether you realize it or not, you like me, we all have futures ahead of us. The dream isn’t to be measured by the number of outlandish things accomplished. Contentment isn’t to settle. Dreams have a cost.