Don’t let your dreams be dreams

Probably the cheesiest, most cliché thing you’ve heard in a while, right? So overdone, if you Google it, you get a picture of Shia Labeouf.

What is a dream?

As children, we dream about becoming astronauts and firefighters because that’s all we know. In grade school, we probably talk about traveling the world and helping tons of people. And maybe in college, we imagine our future house, our future job, our house, kids and family.

And as we become adults, we’re taught to face reality. We probably took a job that we didn’t necessarily love to make ends meet. We gave up on the idea of ever owning a Porsche or traveling for three months a year. Now we all just live those dreams vicariously through our favorite vloggers on YouTube.

Song Saa Private Island Resort, something like $900 a night.

The older we get, the more it seems like our childhood dreams just sort of fade away or even seem impossible. I’ve asked friends before questions like “what would you do if all your student loans were paid off?” and I’ve gotten replies like “I don’t know, I can’t even imagine it.”

But what is life without a dream?

I tell my girlfriend a lot of crazy things I want to do. I talk about the future and how we’ll retire early. We’ll have the SUV she wants and a house that suits both our needs and personal tastes (mostly hers because I’m not that particular). We’ll travel often wherever we wanna go. “Are you sure? How are you so sure..? This doesn’t add up.” She’s a believer in many things but to my big dreams, she’s a slight skeptic.

In writing this, I’m realizing that dreams are difficult to achieve. Purposeful steps have to be constantly made and to keep sight of that for an extended period of time is difficult–motivation itself is diminishing.

To me, it’s important to still be a child at heart and keep these big dreams. If we don’t hold onto what we want most in life, what do we actually become? A shell of what we used to be, empty because what we wanted left us? I don’t believe anything is too far out of reach. I believe that it’s possible with enough grit and effort.

I think that too often, we wait and we wallow. We expect something to appear in front of us that brings us closer to where we wanna be. But why do we think that staying here will get us there? Somehow being unexceptional will get you a promotion and going to the gym when you feel like it will get you in shape. That is not the case at all. Those rewards are for those that are intent.

Don’t just let it happen, make it happen.

Before this gets too long-winded, it was Colin Kaepernick’s Nike campaign that actually sparked the inspiration for this. Take a watch.

The original inspiration for this post–Colin Kaepernick headlining a Nike campaign to “Dream Crazy”

So with this blog, I wanted to get into some of my dreams and the small steps I’m taking to get there. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading and watch out for future posts 🙂

It’s okay to keep failing before you get to where you need to be

Here’s my last little quip. Here’s a song that I came across. I was drawn in by the super strong vocals and then the heartfelt lyrics. I don’t have too much to say other than that it gives me some hope and inspiration and I wish him best of luck on his first EP.

Martin Garrix song featuring Mike Yung, subway performer

The 58-year-old with the huge voice — a voice so powerful he was scouted for America’s Got Talent (and made it to the semi-finals) — has been busking in the New York City subway for 38 years. He’s been stabbed nine times and jumped many more, and he averages less than $50 per day in donations.

NBC 4 New York

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