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Follow your dreams. Don’t be defeated.

on February 1, 2012

It’s a wonderful Wednesday morning, and what better way to start off the middle of your week than a wonderful post that is, the equivalent of coffee, (in my opinion.) It will make your inner-longings for adventure burst forth like a flower out of the ground during springtime.  Ladies and Gentlemen! I have a special guest; Patrick, who you all know from Voyager’s Quill (be sure to get over there and read his wonderful Blog that encourages readers’ not to give up, to travel, seize the day and get going with their lives!)  He is guest posting today and I am so pleased and honored to have him here! Give him a warm welcome and enjoy his lovely words of inspiration and adventure...

We are told as children to follow our dreams.

We are told that anything is possible.

And, as children, we believe it.

The tragedy is that somewhere along the way, in that far too short-but-seems-forever time period between childhood and adulthood, we lose that belief.

We begin to think more practically; bills have to be paid, promotions must be gained. The corporate ladder has to be climbed. We shift our dreams towards our jobs, as opposed to the dreams of adventure we had as children. Then we don’t think to dream anymore until retirement age, and by then it is often too late.

Don’t waste time.

Hold fast to those dreams that once drove you. Let them compel you once more; don’t lose sight of the important things in life.

Do you have a job? Do you like it?

Ask yourself; are you really, truly happy with it?

Or is there something else you would rather do, a dream job or a dream adventure you would take if you could?

Thought of something?

Then why aren’t you doing that?

For risk of sounding like an infomercial, I’ll say this: if you can dream it, you can achieve it. A book that I just finished mentions that no reason for adventure is too fanciful or too childish; after all, it’s during childhood that our dreams are made.

The author brings up a childhood obsession with Jack Kerouac that fueled his adventure across the Untied States, which served as a gateway to seeing the rest of the world. His point was that nothing was too vague or too broad to be a person’s reasoning, from going abroad to study or a more romantic notion of leaving your home to find love in another land.

I know you’re skeptical. I know you read this and say, “Oh, sure. If I believe in the power of my dreams, they’ll come true.” It’s not that simple. You have to work. You have to earn those dreams. Money is important, yes, but you’ll find that it is possible to follow your dreams without emptying your wallet.

The key is to persevere. It’s not enough to just dream. You have to put forth the effort. You have to fight and bleed and cry. But it is worth it.

There might be times when you fail, when something sets you back. Keep in mind what Roosevelt said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

If you continue to persevere and work towards your dreams, you will achieve them. We only get one shot at this thing called life; you better make the most of it. We have too little time and a world far too large to spend our lives waited for something better to come along. It’s up to us to take that first step, to meet it halfway.

So much more is possible than we could ever imagine, and the only thing limiting us is imagination. I urge you, beg you, implore you; don’t be afraid to follow those dreams. I’m doing so, and I hope to see you all along for the ride.


Wonderful words that will stay with me until the day I die.  Thank you so much, Patrick for allowing me to have this wonderful post here! I truly enjoy your words more than I can express.  Please continue to inspire us on your blog!


5 responses to “Follow your dreams. Don’t be defeated.

  1. Thank you, Jenny, for allowing me the honor of guest posting! I greatly enjoyed it.

  2. […] Follow your dreams. Don’t be defeated. (absentmindedmuser.wordpress.com) […]

  3. The Flyer says:

    I especially love the part where he said “there is not effort without error or shortcoming”. Really inspiring. Thanks again.

  4. The Flyer says:

    Reblogged this on Top E-rants and commented:
    It is time to get those dreams off the shelf.

    A very inspiring post and a ‘must read’!

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