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When we were kids we all had those magical dreams.
” I want to be a fireman” or “I want to be a ballerina”.
“I want to be an astronaut and walk on the moon!”
Damn those were the days.
But slowly as we get older those dreams seem to fade for most of us. We settle in on the first job that pays semi-well with promised future opportunities to excel.
I wanted to be a professional baseball player, but a few unlucky injuries and marijuana kind of got in the way.
As of late I’ve been doing some serious soul searching and asking myself what are my new dreams?
What are your new dreams?
How can I accomplish these new dreams without waiting until I’m 75 years old when I’m retired and too old to really enjoy them without breaking my knee cap?
The only person who can stop you from accomplishing and living your dreams is guess who???????
Let this sink in. I will pause while you do……………….. (short commercial break)
Now I’m sure you’ve heard this before but maybe this time something will be different.
We are not immortal people. As much as a lot of people seem to think this (mainly a few co-workers of mine) it’s simply not true.
We can die today, tomorrow or the next day.
Hopefully it’s a lot longer than that but you see my point here.
When I think about this and why all the sudden as a 34 year old man I’m deciding to take risks and make things happen in order for myself and my family to actually live our dreams this comes to mind.
After hurricane Harvey destroyed most of my hometown in Galveston county last year my mom got severely sick and we weren’t sure if she was going to make it (she did and is doing fantastic by the way.)
As I was crying at her bedside she kept repeating to me and my family “I am sorry,
I am sorry, I am sorry.”
At that moment something inside of me changed.
“When I am old and gray and lying on my death-bed do I want to be apologetic?”
“When I’m lying in the hospital bed with my family at my side do I really want to have all sorts of regrets”?
“Man I wish I would have tried harder, or man I wish I would have traveled the world more!”
“I really regret not learning how to play the piano!”
“I can’t believe I didn’t have enough courage to go sky diving with my wife!”
The answer is HELL NO!
And it better be yours too.
This beautiful life God has given each and every one of us is way too short to let go to waste.
Especially with the internet and the thousand other ways to market yourself, now is the time to get started on your dreams.
There are so many different ways to make money while youre doing something that you actually love to do.
Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself this “ What the hell do I want?”
Make a goal, each and every day, to come one step closer to living a part of your dreams.
Challenge yourself to be that internal badass you know you are but just seem to get side tracked at times.
Quit being so damn comfortable with the way things are and push yourself to really see what you are made of.
I can guarantee you one thing, THAT YOU WILL SURPRISE YOURSELF!
But to be fair here this is not easy. I mean who the hell am I to be preaching about this while I myself am stuck at my current job.
This is going to take time.
This is going to take determination.
This is going to test my patience to the max.
This is going to work.
I’ve already accepted that life is a journey and there will be good and not so good days, but that’s almost the best part about this new wonderful journey.
I am living my dream every single day while I make my future dreams come to reality!
You can too.
We all can.
Now go out and follow your dreams.
Live each day to the fullest and spread joy and love to other people while you do it.
Humbly written by Chris McDaniel