Sometimes I wonder what stops us from pursuing our dreams. I mean growing up as children we had so many dreams, and we were completely sure about what we wanted to do when we grew up with the utmost confidence. Somewhere along the way it seems like that confidence just gets torn down. People fill our heads with self-doubt and fear, and we feel like “hey that’s not a realistic goal, I’m not going to even try.” That really sucks. I want to be a person who follows their dreams and lives the life they want to live. I don’t want to circum to what others think life should be and most importantly I don’t want my fears to hold me back from going after what I want.
I think another thing that holds us back, is focusing on what other people around us are doing. I read a quote that says your life is going to go similarly to the way your closest friends around you is going to go.” this can be awesome or really terrifying. The friends you have are a major influence in your life whether you want to believe it or not. If you think you’re doing better than your friends, you’re like “okay I’m doing better than them so there’s no point in trying to go further or be any more successful.”
I realized this a lot after graduating. Everyone’s lives are going in completely different directions. People have a lot of different goals, and see their lives going in a direction that may be completely different than yours. It can be shocking and hard to accept. I myself have always had this grand vision of my life and what I wanted to accomplish and a lot of people don’t have the same drive or aspirations. I think this sometimes draws disconnect in friendships, and it sucks. But it’s important not to let others hinder you.
Aim higher – don’t let what other people are doing with their lives stop you from what you want to do with yours. It’s important to pursue your passions and go after your dreams. I never want to say I ddn’t try. If I’m presented with an opportunity I want to be able to take it. I don’t want to be scared, and I don’t want to think it’s too unrealistic.
At the end of the day you have to be happy with yor life and your decisions. You are the one who needs to be happy at the end of the day. Your the only one that has to wake up and face the choices you’ve made, and I never want to grow old and look back and regret anything. Sometimes I even look back on high school and college days and just wish I did more, but I didn’t have that confidence in myself. But now I do… and I’m not going to waste another minute. I’m not afraid to aim higher for myself regardless of what other people around me are doing, what they’ll say about me, or how unrealistic my goals maybe. My only regret will be not trying. I hope you all decide to do the same and live your authentic truth.