It’s been a while since I posted and, as usual, life just gets in the way of the things you really want to do. You step on to the treadmill of life’s daily responsibilities and have to work very hard to keep up with barely living, not leaving you a lot of time to truly live.
I know I’ve said to myself many times, “let’s do this!! follow your dreams!! do what you really love!!” and then I walk out the door and life somehow seems to get in the way of me chasing my dreams.
I’m aware I’m not the only one who experiences this, and that’s why I’m writing this blog post.
If you’re someone who has it all figured out, then this post is probably not for you. But if you’re like me, and the many others, who have a hard time juggling our many responsibilities with making time to follow our dreams, then this is for you.
Since I grew out of my childhood dream of meeting prince charming and living happily ever after (that was probably well in my early teens), I’ve always dreamed of becoming a published author… this year, that dream came true.
To be perfectly honest, I’d be lying if I said it happened this year because I published my first book in 2014 but the books only came into print this year.
Yup! My actual non-specific dream of becoming a published author came true!
This year, I held a printed copy of my book “Thy will be done”
and it all became real to me. I realized I was living my dream! The funny thing is, it didn’t feel like it. As much as I was extra super happy that I was holding physical copies of my books, and not just holding them, but selling them, and people were actually buying them and being blessed by them, it hit me hard to realize that there’s no specific feeling for success.
Success doesn’t always feel successful.
Now, I had other things to worry about, like distribution, advertising and also working on publishing my other books, book signings and launches and many other things, including my hair and wardrobe choices (it’s exhausting sometimes). This was when i understood the difference between “making a dream come true” and “living a dream.”
When you make your dream come true, that’s it! It’s a point you get to in your journey, a landmark in your life. It’s something you celebrate and move on from. It’s a dot at the end of a sentence which signifies the end of one thing and the beginning of another (a period).
Living your dream is more like a comma in your life, it’s not quite over just yet. It’s a continuous process of responsibilities and reasons why, another treadmill of life, the difference is it’s the life you want to live and not the one you feel compelled to.
The honest truth is that life is full of responsibilities, it’s hard work, whether you’re living your dream or helping someone else build theirs, so my simple advice would be to carve out a small piece of time in your day everyday to work on what you love.
15 mins is enough.
Take the time out to work on you, to invest in your dreams and to work towards doing what you’ve always dreamed of doing. Remember, there are no take-backs or do-overs in life so you can’t go back and relive your dreams.
Even if you don’t make it, your hopes and dreams are great and they deserve for you to at least try to make them come true.