What if I fall?
Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?
“Most people will spend their lives doing jobs that they don’t particularly enjoy, and will eventually save up enough money to stop doing those jobs just in time to start dying instead. Don’t be one of those people. There’s a difference between living, and just surviving. Do something that you love, and find someone to love who loves that you love what you do.
It really is that simple.
And that hard.” – John Connolly
I believe that most of us crave adventure. We want our lives to make us feel. We crave the bittersweet excitement brought on by uncertainty.
But we also want safety. And comfort. Just enough.
We are torn between “more” and “just enough.”
And I also think that a lot of people waste their lives contemplating the idea of more but never pursuing it.
One of my favorite quotes goes like this: “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
Ambrose Redmon said that.
Fear is an impulse, or like the tattoo that says, “Fear is the mind killer.” Frank Herbert said that. In Dune. So you can’t stop being afraid, but you can fight fear, you can control it.
I think about Shalini. About all the wonderful artists I have met over the years who gave up on their art and settled for a job they don’t particularly enjoy.
Playing it safe is the cruelest ways to die.
Of course, some of you might think about being responsible…
Well, let me tell you this: you are going to die. There’s nothing tragic about it. It’s just a fact.
So you might as well do what the hell you want with your life.
We lie to ourselves just as much as we lie to others. We find excuses: to be lazy, to give up, to worry, to cry on someone’s shoulders.
But we pay for those lies. We pay for the lies we tell ourselves in the form of the lives we lead. In the form of the gnawing feeling of missing something and not knowing what it is; a feeling that will haunt us until the day we die, when we’ll finally close our eyes with way too many “what ifs” to find any sort of peace.
“You are what you love. No? You are, completely and only, what you would die for without, as you say, the thinking twice.” – David Foster Wallace
“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life.
Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” – Steve Jobs
Live free or die trying sounds a bit extreme, but it’s the only way to live a life you’re proud of. To be able at any moment to keep your head high, look yourself in the mirror, and say that you are someone you’ve always wanted to be and how good it feels to achieve such a feat.
What is worth dying for? To you? What is worth living for…
If you don’t know, I urge you to find the answer.
Figure out what is it that makes you feel alive, what you’d sacrifice the rest of your life for without a moment’s doubt.
It will all be worth it.
Thank you for reading. Love you for that!
—–Have Hope.Keep Faith—–
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32 thoughts on “Such Dreams…”
The real thing I have found after having three different career tracks was only one of them I loved and was a passion. If you find the passion in a thing, hold on tight. The ride will be tremendous but the challenges may be severe. Mine were. I gave up that passion and moved on to doing IT. It let me retire and travel the rest of my life. But I always wonder at what cost. IT was just a means to an end. I never particularly enjoyed it so what I have come to realize is that I spent decades doing a thing for a payoff that was not enjoyment or passion. It was more about being able to leave and never do it again
Such is life. I still miss the passion thing but I’m thankful to what happened after so I could leave on my terms.
Inspiring and worth reading.
Life pass to quickly to not be .happy
I think so too.
Aishwarya, i really love this post of yours with its clear and positive message.
Yes, it is of course the way – to work with what you love and in many societies it is possible to make that choice.
All your quotes and your own writing points to this and also compare the safe way of saving
for retirement and then have fun. Fact is of course that we can only live each day, don’t know all these planned tomorrows.
This doesn’t mean to live without taking on any responsibility, it does however mean to dare.
To dare go against what is expected, what is best paid, which job has the best pension…..
We all have to make this choice.
So so beautifully written. I agree with you. ❤ and yes, thank you for liking my post.
I love this post; Spoke to me on a deeper level than I could have imagined
And its true that:
“… Most people will spend their lives doing jobs that they don’t particularly enjoy, and will eventually save up enough money to stop doing those jobs just in time to start dying instead… ”
Keep doing what you dear.
“… Most people will spend their lives doing jobs that they don’t particularly enjoy, and will eventually save up enough money to stop doing those jobs just in time to start dying instead… ” Is that really true?… Yeesh…. I’m gonna do what I enjoy, and enjoy what I do too. Those are different yet related things…
I’m happy you think so. Thanks and Blessings. xoxo
Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed reading. 😊
So true. We keep looking in the bucket of fear and agony and never live our lives.
Yes, I agree.
I’d love to live a life of free choice and passion of the heart fulfillment. Alas, responsibility to loved ones takes precedence. And so, I must slave at job I hate for money that they need. To do otherwise would abandon them and their own aspirations.
Yes. 🙏 ❤
“Playing it safe is the cruelest ways to die.” — Doing what you love for a living, especially if it’s art (art, writing, music, etc) is terrifying to some. I’ll be the first to admit that I got a chemistry degree over a writing one because I wanted a steady paycheck. It’s was devastating, initially, because my writing went on the back burner but I’m now dedicated to finding a balance between writing and my career.
Sorry for rambling. This struck a chord. 🙂
I’m glad to know that you choose what makes you happy.
Thanks and Blessings xoxo
Awesome post Aishwarya 😊👌. It was really an inspirational read 😇. You posts are so relatable and I love them a lot ❤️😇. Keep writing buddy and inspire people always ✨
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That is wonderful
Live life to the full. Inspirational.
This post is an excellent reminder to live. 🙂
I’m glad you think so. Thanks ✨✨✨
Love this! Thank You. 🙂
Thank you ❤ 💫 ✨
My pleasure! 🙂
It’s very true! There are so many people who don’t do what they love that creates problems… The quotes just left me speechless❤️❤️
Thank you ❤ 💫 ✨