Recently I’ve started noticing something. Every time I ask someone ‘What is something that you want to accomplish in life, something you want to learn, see, do or experience?’ it’s hard for people to answer. Some people tell me they want to ‘be happy’, implying that they aren’t right now, which is really sad. Other people simply ‘don’t know’. And then there are people who will immediately answer with something like ‘see the northern light’ or ‘learn how to tap-dance’. These are the people who know what they’re doing.
I think it’s really interesting to observe these answers. You see, in the end, the most basic thing we humans want is to be happy. But giving this as an answer isn’t enough. It makes happiness such an abstract thing that it is impossible to do anything to actually acquire it. It makes it an impossible goal that is always on the horizon with no paths leading towards it.
What we should do is name our dreams. Speak them out and start working towards them. You can do this in whatever way you want. Whether’s it’s taking a class, saving towards going on a trip or buying the products you need for a certain hobby.
So I want everyone to take a second. Close your eyes, and get lost in your thoughts. Explore your wildest dreams. What are the things that you want to accomplish in life? It can be anything from having a family to traveling to China to learning how to sew your own clothes. The important thing is to become aware of it and work towards it. Because if you don’t know where you’re going, it’s certainly going to be a difficult trip.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, it’s certainly going to be a difficult trip.”
It’s possible that your dreams will change over time. Maybe they flip right around, but that’s okay. The important thing is trying to accomplish something, working towards something for the sole reason that it makes you happy. If it turns out your dreams change along the way, you can change your ways to work towards this new dream. You really shouldn’t get hung up on your previous goal, sticking to it with such severity that it negatively influences your life. Simply go for something, work for something so that you aren’t stuck at home doing nothing. You never know what might happen along the way but you have to get going first to see. Just remember, don’t ever regret working towards a previous goal, it brought you where you are.
I know that sometimes we are afraid or reluctant to speak out our dreams. It scares us to actually realize what we want and it’s frightening to have to work towards achieving something that may not work out in the end. But we shouldn’t focus on the result. We should focus on our growth along the way.
When we have a specific goal there’s a clearer path before us. This also provides more incentive to actually get going. Speaking your dreams allows you to work towards them, and if they change, you keep working. You simple turn the steering wheel a little. Speaking your dreams allows you to grow and develop as a person. It helps you become the person you want to be. So get to dreaming.