Thursday, April 19, 2012
Ocean of Dreams
Have you ever wanted something so bad that you were willing to sacrifice everything else to get it? There are so many choices we have to make in life, sometimes it’s difficult to know what to sacrifice and what to hold on to. Dreams can be powerful motivators in directing your life to a positive state. However, dreams can be destructive gremlins that ruin everything else if you let them. It’s okay to have a dream, to want it fulfilled and live the way you want to live, but it always comes at a price. I’ve heard it said, you have to give to get. Well I’m sure that’s true, but how much should you give, and how much should you get back? If you haven’t realized yet, I’m talking about balance. When your life is balanced, things make sense. When you are off kilter, things are confusing. So, if you have a dream and are willing to sacrifice everything else to get it, will that balance your life? To me, the easy answer is no.
When I was in college, I wanted to graduate. Obviously graduation represented an accomplishment and proof to the world that I achieved something extraordinary. Graduating also meant I could get a better job. But also, and even more important to me, were the experiences I gained while in school. Yes it was important to get an education, it was important to have credentials and documents, but I was not willing to sacrifice everything to get it. I read about some people who sacrifice things in advance without knowing the consequences, and it’s sad. Was their dream to be mired in debt for life? Of course not, but it goes to show you life can be tipped off balance easily if you don’t pay attention to details. I worked through college just like a lot of other students. I also knew exactly why I was there. And, coming from a poor family, I understood the value of every dollar I earned and spent. I had to balance my dreams with my reality.
It’s hard to find balance sometimes. It may be that you will have to suffer before you come to understand. I know that’s not comforting, but it is reassuring to know if you pay attention to those details I was talking about, you will find that balance… eventually. Following your dreams is a worthy endeavor. Don’t stop. Just remember that there are many paths to go down in your pursuit. If something seems way too difficult, complex, or confusing, stop. You don’t have to change your dream, just change the path you take to get there. That way, you can still follow your dream without sacrificing everything else you care about to get it. And that’s a good balance in life!
This amazing painting is by Josephine Wall; it's called Ocean of Dreams. Check out her online gallery.
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