Following Your Dreams: Should You Even Bother?

From an early age, most of are told that we can be anything we want as long as we set our minds to it. However, as you go through school, then college, then employment, you start to feel like that might not actually be true. One of the hardest things to face is that most of us probably aren’t going to become astronauts, or rock stars, or movie stars. So should you even bother trying to follow your dreams? Of course, you should! The reality is that trying to follow your dreams is incredibly difficult and will involve a long road of hard work, commitment, and sacrifice, but if you’re willing you take all of that on, then you’re already halfway there. However, there are still some important things to consider. Here are some harsh truths that you have to face when trying to follow your dreams.

It’s going to take up your time

If you have something that you really want to do with your life, then you need to be ready to give it your all. No one ever succeeded by doing things half-heartedly. If you want to be an actor, then you have to spend your time going to classes, reading up on theory and practice, and going to auditions. If you want to be a doctor then you have to commit to focusing pretty much all of your time and effort on it, not just while you’re trying to get there but once you reach your goal as well. Careers like being a doctor or nurse are incredibly intense and you need to come to terms with that. Sure there are things like locum tenens staffing that can give you a bit more flexibility, but if you want a job that’s going to give you plenty of free time, then you might not want to set your ambitions quite so high.   

You will want to give up

The worst things that people can tell you is that if you find a job that you really love then you’re always going to be happy. This simply isn’t true, especially when you’re working towards achieving your dreams. There are going to be days where you just want to say to heck with it and give up. The important thing is being able to push through those moments. You need to go to class even when you want to stay in bed. You need to stay up finishing research or essays while your friends are out partying. You need to grit your teeth and get through thankless internships that will be the stepping stones that you need. The people who succeed aren’t the ones who love what they do every day. They’re the ones who can push past the moments of misery to find the joy in what they’re doing.

Sure, some of these things might feel a bit negative, and they certainly aren’t as inspirational as just shouting “you can do it!” and leaving it at that. But the reality is that, if you really want to go after something, you’ve got to be willing to work for it. There really is no way around it.