I've been thinking about this for a long time and thought it was about time to bring it up for discussion.
You know, we all started with a dream of where we wanted to be. The dream slowly became a plan, then the plan became a passion! We lived very spare minute thinking about this passion, weighing of all the positives and negatives...trying to cover all the bases.
Finally, we started talking to some of our friends and family about our dreams, our plans, our passion. That's when the reality set in that most of our friends and family didn't see things the way that we did. They could not even begin to understand the passion and some even questioned our thinking about the whole thing!
Oh, there were some that would listen politely, nodding their head, but you could tell that they weren't on the same level as we were. They didn't understand the passion, the dream! How could they? Most were happy in their present lifestyles and situations, and thought we should be as well. No amount of logical discussion, no "what if" scenarios, or no explanations of well thought out plans could convince anyone that we were still in possession of our sanity.
Instead of becoming our supporters and sharing our dreams, friends and family ending up being the biggest nay Sayers we faced. No voices were raised in defense of the dreams and plans we had nurtured for so long. Many times, not a single positive voice could be heard !
That is, except for one! The positive voice deep down inside ourselves, caressing the original idea that became a dream, then a plan, then a passion! In other words, that's where the passion lives and prospers...deep within ourselves!
There will always be times when we start to question our plans, giving in a bit to the well intended nags and warnings and negative talk. There will many times that the temptation to give in to someone Else's vision of what our future should be will appear too strong to resist. That's only human nature. However, the strength to resist that temptation can be drawn from the same place where the dream lives...from deep within ourselves!
In the end, what it boils down to is that no one else knows our dreams and plans and passions like we do! What we all need to do is to look deep within ourselves and ask a couple of very simple questions.
How much do we really believe in the dream? How badly do we really want the dream? Are we ready to ignore all the advice, all the concerns, all the misdirections of others and remain true to ourselves and our dream?
In a word, YES! I know that I can, I know that you can...I know that we all can! Just follow the old adage "To thine own self be true!" Just listen to yourself...that's all!
So let's get another cup of coffee, sit at the patio table, and quietly think about our dream, OK my friend?