Tomorrow, I will achieve a childhood dream. Well, part of it. I will submit my novel to a publisher for consideration to become traditionally published.
So when I opened my email and came across a subject, "No, You Can't Be Anything You Want," I snickered, and then I opened it and read the blog post.
Ward Lester makes some great points in his blog, and like him, I discovered what I wanted to do in life halfway through college. At that point, it was too late to change majors. I was on the engineering track and while I enjoyed science and was able to have amazing experiences as a result of my degree choice, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I even wrote my first romance the summer after my third year, but like Lester, I was determined to finish up my college degree and graduate on time.
But I made a promise to myself. The last day of college was the last day I would pursue a career in something I didn't feel strong conviction.
And that's how it's been ever since.
But I do agree with Lester when he says "As you get older, refocus your dreams, don’t be constricted to one position that is the pinnacle of all positions." It's true. There is only one president, and if that was your dream and it doesn't look like it's going to happen, there are plenty of jobs in politics that would be equally as fulfilling. And not everyone is going to be the WWE World Heavy Weight Champion or play in the NBA. We won't all get to live out our childhood dreams, but that doesn't mean we have to go in a completely different direction. We just need to "refocus".
But as I get older, and as I get closer to living out my own childhood dream, a part of me wonders, How far do we take it? If we love singing and want to be a country star, how many years of singing in bars for hardly any money do we pursue before deciding to use our passion in music for something more lucrative?
That answer is something only you can answer based on your lifestyle, responsibilities, family, ect.
For me, I won't give up. Even if I never get published, I'll always write. It's my passion, my therapy, and my friend.
This reminds me of the college commencement speech given by Charlie Day, an actor on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. His theme, If you're going to fail, fail at something you love.
So true. You have one life, and if your dream is a big one, go for it. If it seems impossible, start chipping away at the surface. You may not make it, but ask yourself...Do you want to regret failing at your dream or never trying?
The choice is yours.