Are You Living Your Childhood Dreams?
Have you ever thought back to when you were a kid and what you wanted to be when you grew up? What was your passion? Why didn't you follow that dream?
It actually took me a while to remember it was that I wanted to be. After some soul searching I finally remembered that I wanted to be many things over a period of time. First I wanted to be an astronaut, then a pilot and eventually an artist; I loved drawing and creating things as a kid.
The question was – What stopped me? What stops any of us from following our childhood dreams? I figure it's because of our limiting beliefs and our excuses. Where do we get those? They come from our parents, our friends, our peers, our teachers. Basically, our environment and the people we surround ourselves with in life. It's all how we're programmed.
We hear or start believing things that conflict with where we want to go in life. Let's face it we are all dreamers as kids but as we get older we're told to "grow up", "be more mature" or "that's unrealistic, you can't make a living doing that". So, many of us abandon our dreams for more practical goals and aspirations.
Why didn't I become an astronaut? Because Canada didn't have a space program and I would never get into N.A.S.A. in the United States so that was gone. Excuse number one. I couldn't become a pilot because I was told pilot schools cost a fortune and were none where I lived so that too was ruled out. Excuse number two. I didn't become an artist because I was told I could not make a living on it and I'd never make it. Excuse number three, I was out! So I went on to school without direction and took the first decent paying job that came along to pay the bills. Just what I always wanted to do, work in a call centre, taking call after call with no end in sight.
I realize now that I have to take full responsibility for my not getting to where I wanted to go. I could have found ways around those obstacles. I didn't have to take those peoples' word for it, they weren't experts. They likely just told me that because they too gave up on their own dreams. I could have persisted and followed my passion. We've all heard the dramatic tales of those who overcame not just one obstacle but many. In fact I've heard some stories of people with physical or even mental challenges overcome huge odds to follow their calling and are now the best in their field. So don't buy the excuses, everyone can achieve anything they desire, it's simply a matter of getting clear and following your childhood dreams regardless of the obstacles. It's those who find the ways around them that succeed.
The best part is that it's never too late. I've rekindled my passion for art and am having a blast learning new techniques to create, including digital art on my computer; they weren't around when I was a kid. I'm happier now more than I've ever been. I'm doing what I love and I am finding creative ways to incorporate my art into my business, which makes both that much more fun. When you love what you do you will be successful. Always follow your dream because like a great man once said, "If you can dream it, you can do it." And that was said by one of the biggest dreamers ever, Walt Disney.
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