Don’t be so lost in your Dreams, that you can’t afford a bed.
Believe it or not, this is something I thought of quite recently. How this title came to my mind? I was talking to a friend of mine recently and we having a healthy debate (Healthy because I was winning 😉 ) and she asked me about the whole reach for the moon, reach for the stars, and all the high sounding motivational verbiage. She asked me about following her dream. Her dream is to be a teacher. But she works for corporate. Why? Because corporate pays better, way better. She asks me where does “Following my dream” fall into the picture here.
(I achieved 2 Master’s Degrees (Physics and Electrical Engineering) before I joined the Telecom Industry. I love being part of the Telecom side of things; I’ve always loved gadgets, electronics and totally love learning new things. And the company I work with is amazing and I really know I have the best Manager ever! But deep inside I also wanted to get into the fitness Industry. After all, who says you can’t have multiple interests? Few years back, I started my fitness journey and got my certifications done. I blog, I write, I teach few hours of the week/weekends. I don’t make much money with my website, it barely covers the cost of my website and maybe a little more. But I don’t want to think about money and distort the process. What I’m about to say is from personal experience and not to show off in any which way).
It got me thinking, she is right. I’m sure may of us wake up that way, I talk to so many people everyday, it’s unbelievable what most folks want to be. Some want to be writers, someone recently told me they want to make a film.
So, what do we do? As regular people, who also have mortgage bills to pay; have to make ends meet and maintain a certain lifestyle. Where do we fall in the high sounding verbiage? Do we forget about the motivational quotes? Do we go the other extreme and call it bullshit?
Not so soon, hang on before you give up on your dreams, on your goals. Let me tell you something, you don’t need to be in a certain profession to pursue a certain action. What I mean to say is, if you’re someone who is working in the corporate sector, who is stopping you from teaching? Who is stopping you from writing something? Are you more concerned about the title or the work? If it’s the title, it’s not your goal, it’s not your passion, it’s not your dream. If it’s work, then just start it. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. What does that mean? If you choose to make it a career, then you have to get formal education and take that route, take that path, so to speak. But if you have bills to pay, it won’t happen. So, what I suggest is save a little bit of money (or time) each week to set aside that investment, towards what you really want to do. Your goal, your passion, your dream is supposed to make you happy. It’s supposed to make you feel content. So, forget about the title and do it just because you want to. Working towards a title is shallow, it’s not going to last long and you will look for applause. That need not be your goal. You don’t look for applause when you hug your kid. You do it, because you want to and it makes you happy.
No need to give up on your work, that should also be your passion, your work must be important to you. Otherwise, you’re not doing it justice; you’re not being ethical in terms of work. Passion and work go hand in hand. But sometimes, there might be a certain aspect, a certain goal that you really want to pursue. That’s exactly my point, keep doing your work, keep following the daily schedule and keep it safe. Just when you hit a position of “choice”, when you have that “option” to do things that you want, then you should not stop. That’s exactly what the title of the blog is. Afford a bed first, sleep on it, dream and chase it when you wake up in the morning. Keep the balance.
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I'd write even if no one was reading.
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