I apologize if the title of this post seems condescending, but I write this with good intentions.
At any given point in time, most of us have a few dreams that have been left unfinished, or perhaps we haven’t even started working on them. We dream because intrinsically, we wish to bring about a change in our life, or the life of others. This is our way of being successful or being famous – it is our way of making a contribution to our life, and as a result, the world in general.
Let me start by giving an example. It is my dream to mix up technology and health care to make the world a better place, so I am working hard to achieve that goal. To me, that represents a few years of hard work at a top-notch university. Most of us won’t be able to take this liberty with our life – withdraw ourselves from everything for a few years for the pursuit of our dreams – even if we have dreamt about them since we were children. In that case, we need to balance our aspirations with the life we lead.
If you are married with kids, it will be very difficult to go backpacking around the world – if that is your dream. If you dream of a dramatic career change, your current occupation might seem like a hindrance rather than a blessing. If you want to write a book, lack of time or concrete ideas might be stopping you. So what can you do to chase your dreams while keeping a semblance of balance in your life? Here are a few quick tips and action points that can help you:
The Part-Time Mode
While you are busy working and living the rat race, start spending some time every week towards your dream. If feasible, spend a few hours every day; or at least a few hours every week. I know someone who wanted to learn to fly, and he used to take an afternoon off every week to take flying lessons. In order to fulfill our dreams, sacrifices can seem necessary, but if you plan out your tasks well, you can avoid giving up things you like to do.
Save Up Some Money
Regardless of what your dream is, chances are it goes against the very fabric you have been working towards all this time. Moreover, you might not be willing to risk-it-all in pursuit of this dream. Chances are that whatever ‘different’ thing you want to achieve will cost money. So start saving. I have always considered money to be a means to an end, and not the end itself. However, I cannot deny the fact that big change in life requires financing.
Don’t Forget the Family
No matter how ambitious or resourceful everyone is, no one is complete without the right people around them. Family is the first set of people that we come across in our life, and usually, they are the last too. Make it a point to appreciate them, for no dream can be completely fulfilled without their involvement. Give them time, understanding and patience that they need, for they will be the only people giving it back when you need it the most.
So, what is your dream? Feel free to share it in comments, I would love to hear how far people want to be from where they are now!