Nothing gets me more excited than to see someone take the first step in the direction of their dreams. Conversely, nothing disheartens me more than seeing someone letting life get in the way of following their passion.
I was exactly the second type of person. Up until recently, I was the type who had all these goals, dreams, passions, aspirations, and just a bunch of things that I wanted to do. All things that I couldn’t pursue yet because I was waiting for the right time. Waiting for this to happen or for that to be over. Because I just knew when this happened, my life was going to be so much easier and I was going to have so much time. Or when that is over, I was going to be able to focus on going after what I really want in this life. Nothing would stop me. All I needed to do was wait for this and that to happen.
Day in, day out I was saying the same things over and over again. I was a literal broken record. Then I’d get to a point of life reflection and I’d realize that if I had maybe just taken a few steps in the direction of where I wanted to be, then for sure I would be closer to my goals instead of being in the exact same spot that I was a day, a month, a year ago. No movement, no progress.
Does this sound familiar?
No matter what, there is always going to be something in the way. You scratch one thing off your list but then another is added on. It’s an endless cycle. And if you’re going to wait for your list to be smaller or for your life to be less hectic, well, the cold hard truth is that it’s never going to be. So you might as well suck it up and start marching forward.
It’s not going to be easy. You’re going to have to prioritize things and make some choices you might not want to make. You’re going to have to say no to certain things.
Take me for example. I fancy myself a writer. I also claim to be a blogger. I also want to create an awesome app that will make documenting your life through pictures super duper easy. On top of all of this, I’m a work-outside-the-home mother of 3 who likes to read, scrapbook, watch soap operas on The Filipino Channel, binge on Netflix, go out with my friends, take naps, you get it, right? In pursuit of my current dreams, I’ve realized that since I can’t actually quit my day job, I was going to have to put some of the latter things on the shelf for a bit (or do less of them) to make more room for my passion for writing and dreams of creating that app. It’s a bummer to not be able to spend mindless time when I get home from work to re-watch old episodes of Friends. But I know that I can’t keep saying that I don’t have time to focus on my writing goals when clearly I could find the time if I re-prioritized the activities I engaged in.
Now let’s bring it back to you. Do you have a passion you’d like to pursue? Have you been talking about it so long that the first time you ever thought about it has celebrated several birthdays or anniversaries? Are you good at talking about it but awful with actually doing something about it? Does it make you feel bad? Do you question why you didn’t do it sooner?
Well, you can change all of that. Starting now. Don’t let another day go by without taking even just a small step in the direction of your dreams. If you need a little motivation, just remember the following:
1. Don’t wait for anyone to give you permission. The only yes you need is from yourself.
2. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know where to start. No one is going to judge you. Take even just a small step if you have to. A small step is better than no step.
3. Don’t be afraid to fail. Yes, there’s a chance that you might experience failure. But you might also succeed. This is so cliché but you’ll never know unless you try. And wouldn’t you rather live your life knowing you tried and failed rather than always wondering what-if?
4. If you follow your passions, you just may inspire others to follow theirs, too. Nothing’s better than seeing those around you follow their dreams and knowing that you’re their inspiration. Who knows? You might even identify a partner.
Lastly, the most important thing to remember and something that is helping me to move forward:
Whatever your passion may be, declare it. Believe your dream before it even happens. Then do it.