“Follow your dreams.”
Quite inspiring whenever you hear it from someone giving some life advice, doesn’t it? In order to be free, we must follow our hearts and pursue our dreams. Do you agree?
If not, I know this isn’t always the rule for everyone. You may have doubts at this time and you would want to know if it’s really worth following your dreams, whatever your age is now.
Let me tell you an interesting story about a young girl who dreamed of becoming a comedian someday and surprisingly, a doctor too!
She told me all she wanted was to see people having a good time and that’s why she wants to make people laugh hysterically. As she grew, she believed that being a doctor was her best childhood dream ever and she just wanted to make herself and her family proud by achieving the said dream.
The way to her dreams was tough as she knew she needed to do her best in every opportunities to be able to graduate. But life was not always bitter nor always as sweet as she thought it would.
There were troubles that were inevitable, unending doubts, worries, unnecessary thoughts — will she still make it?
Suddenly, she woke up from dreaming. She’s now writing this to you as she smiles at you and tells you that she’s alright. I’m alright now! 😊
I admit that I doubted myself until this day. Did I just choose the safest option for a career because I didn’t see myself in other choices?
I know you might tell me that I “always talk about having faith in yourself, Maeve, what the *&#$ are you talking about now” — yet again, please hear me out because today, I asked God something foolish! I said if it’s “what you really wanted me to do?”
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.— The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Now right here while writing this, maybe He’s still busy answering other people’s questions. But maybe He didn’t really have to answer mine. Because He knows that I was already living it, the dream I so love when I was a child up until my 22nd year in this glorious life.
I’m saying that I’ve already woken up. Being a doctor isn’t just my dream anymore, it’s what I believe to become and I am already doing things to get nearer and nearer to that life goal. I know this path isn’t just a safe choice to have a stable career in the future.
This is what I have always wanted to do, extend God’s work to other people and let them see the good in life. Let the people feel blessed as they have always been. Let them accept God’s love as I give the best that I can to help preserve and love their lives.
Louriane, one of my bestfriends and my soul sister (or at least that’s what we both decided to be), said that she doesn’t know anyone who would want to become a doctor from the beginning and not change one’s mind for other careers but me.
I’d wanted to disagree because sometime when I was a kid I wanted to become a cheerleader, then a pianist, then an actress, and just recently I wanted to become a vlogger… but I did get her point!
Out of all the choices I could have chosen back in college, I had faithfully sticked to this journey. I envisioned my future and from there I didn’t stop trying. Even if there were mistakes, failures, and unavoidable inconvenience, there was still hope.
All I have to do is to have the courage to face my life to what it is now. What I can do to be able to continue living the dream and become better than yesterday.
I did change my goals in making myself and my family proud because I had learned that pride isn’t everything. You are the only person who can tell if you’ve done something well or not.
But maybe now, you would also want to be living your bestest dream because you already know that dreams are meant to be lived. Continue to believe because I tell ya, hope is a dream that doesn’t sleep! 😉
3 Quotes from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. You’ve got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense.
People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.
Thanks to Louriane for recommending Paulo Coelho! The Alchemist was a short book (though, I did read it in two days) but it had real meaningful life lessons. I posted a short review on goodreads and I had accumulated 85 highlights/notes from it. I do recommend it… if you just have 3+ hours to spare! 🙂
New fav: Spotify Podcast 🎙️
I’m using it for months now but I didn’t explore it that much. Just today, I found out that there were podcasts for book summaries! Excitingly, I scrolled through the list and followed every podcasts that talk about books (..and business and tech)!! I created a playlist for the pods I wanted to listen to and if you want to check it out, click this. Also if you have any podcast suggestions, please do tell!!!
🥰 If you’ve reached until here then I love you and thank you for reading!
ReflectionTell me what you dreamed about when you were a kid and are you living it now? Are you happy?