Friday, June 20, 2014
Following Your Own Dreams
It seems like every other week someone is telling me what I need to do with my life. I need to move, or get married, or go do this or that. It's usually from wonderful people who have my best interest, but sometimes it's hard to deal with the pressure--intentional or not. It seems like for some people, me being what I am or doing what I'm doing right now isn't good enough. I need to be more. I need to do more. "You know what you should do?" the conversation usually starts.
When there are so many voices and opinions telling me what I should do with my life, I often find myself feeling unsure, confused, and insecure. I question myself and my choices, and I start to assume others know me and my life better than I do. There have been instances where I took their advice and did what they wanted me to do, instead of what I wanted to do. I wish I hadn't.
My dad recently gave me some great insight on the topic. He said, "Remember, those are their dreams for you." He also said, "Remember, it's a compliment that they like you enough to take an interest in you."
In whatever you are pursuing, or wherever you are in life, don't forget to follow your own dreams. Others might have fantastic dreams for you, they might want to see you succeed in a hundred different ways! But don't forget, it's your life--you are the one living it, not them.
Don't get so caught up in others' dreams for you, that you fail to pursue your own!
If I had tried to follow everyone's dreams for me, I probably wouldn't be working as a personal assistant for a New York Times bestselling author or working on my own novel for 3-4 hours a day. I am living my dream. This is what I want to do with my life.
Stay true to what you want to do with yours.