The Dream Vs. The Reality


Photo by Laura Beyer

Let’s reflect today on something that has been bothering me for a while now. We’ll start with a quote by Joseph Campbell, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

Think back to a time when you were little and you still believed Santa Claus brought gifts on Christmas and the Easter Bunny left chocolate for you on Easter. Remember that time? How willing you were to dream and to be engaged in those dreams?

Engage yourself again. Where would you be right now if nothing was holding you back? My answer, reader, is simple. I would be on Pacific Beach in San Diego, California, shown above.

This is one of the only places I have been to that gives me such extreme peace in utter chaos. Seagulls screaming in the air, looking for beach-goers with food to spare. Salty waves crashing onto the shore with sand as fine as powder. Distant sounds of surfers and swimmers calling to each other.

Given the opportunity, I would be there in a second. That is my bliss. So this begs the question, reader, why do we let life get in the way of following our dreams?

Yes, we all have obligations, such as a typical 9 to 5 job, school, friends, family, the list goes on and on. So, most of us just put these dreams off until suddenly you wake up and you’re 85 and you never followed your dream.

Don’t settle for ignoring your dreams. We live in an apathetic society, one that finds little meaning in our day-to-day activities. Actually, according to the Emily Esfahani Smith’s article, “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy,” 4 out of 10 Americans have not found a satisfying life meaning.

This, to me seems ridiculous. The meaning we all deserve to find in our lives is often found by following our dreams. Even if you can’t dump everything to go follow your dream right this minute, you could start saving the money needed to, say, go to California again.

Planning for and following our dreams gives us the break from reality we need, and everyone deserves to wake up in the morning happy and excited for their life, not just starting down the ugly face of another 9 to 5 day at a job they hate.

Do you want to be a writer? A traveler? Someone who works with underprivileged kids? A gourmet cupcake baker? Then go for it. Don’t settle in life just because that is what the rest of society is doing. Go forth and follow that dream, even if you do just start by practicing your cupcake baking.

No one wants to wake up when they’re 85 and ask themselves what happened to their dreams and the fun life they planned for themselves. Don’t be that person. You owe it to yourself to make the best out of the only life you were given. You owe it to yourself to follow your bliss.


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