The Matter of Chasing Dreams

There is a matter that has been bothering me for a long time and I feel that it is often skated over.  I do not understand why young people are not encouraged to pursue their dreams, but they are rather steered towards settling for what is considered easy or just in their reach.

This is something that starts occurring in school, when pupils find themselves being swayed by their teachers and/or their parents to focus on specific subjects that are considered more academic or that they seem to excel at.  However, what if their dream makes them want to focus on a subject that has a creative focus or that they are not necessarily the best at.  Working at the subject and putting in the hard graft will likely lead to improvements and acceleration – as the saying goes, practise makes perfect.

It then continues into early and even late adult life, as we are advised to jump into just any job that will result in us earning a wage, because for many individuals in our society, it seems to be money that drives us.  Yet how many people end up feeling unhappy and depressed, because they feel trapped and forced to work in a job they despise?  Wouldn’t we have a more positive outlook on life if we pursued what makes us happy?

Dreams are defined as a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal, which means that they are important to the individual.  In this life, we should be going after what is important and doing what we love, because it not only increases positivity, but it is also good for our mental and emotional health.  Yes, it is necessary for you to have money to get by and pay your way, but there is nothing worse than being comfortable in your misery and eventually becoming emotionally vacant.

Going after our dreams is so important and our society needs to do more to not only encourage it, but also offer their support.  It starts in the schools and at home, where the figures that we look up to should speak to us about our dreams and encourage us to go out and grab them with both hands.  There also needs to be more organisations and individuals giving young people the helping hand they may need to reach those dreams.

However, you might not entirely agree with this, so I want to know your thoughts on the subject of chasing dreams.  Is it important for you to go after your dream, whatever the cost, or would prefer to stick with what will make you the most money?  Is it your dreams or money that drives you?

 

Photo by Media 123 and used under Creative Commons License.
Photo by Media 123 and used under Creative Commons License.

5 thoughts on “The Matter of Chasing Dreams

  1. Shaniqua Marie August 20, 2014 / 20:13

    Reblogged this on Inside My Head and commented:

    I think that chasing your dreams is so important and I’m trying to do all I can to reach mine, although I understand that it takes time, which might make money an issue. However, I am willing to take that risk. Are you?

  2. elyseann August 20, 2014 / 21:04

    I am in the middle of reading a book “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream” by Holley Gerth, and I just want to share this quote from her book:

    “He has already given you all you need, and made you all you need to be. He will make everything unfold in His way, His time.”

    So, is it a risk to follow that dream? You bet! Everything that’s good for you is going to take some effort, and means doing things that may be a bit risky. But is it worth it? I believe it is! In fact, it may even change the world.

    • Shaniqua Marie August 20, 2014 / 22:21

      I love your take on it. Following your dream is definitely a risk that is worth taking and if it changes the world, then that will be an amazing thing.

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