Following your dream ain’t as magical as people make out to be. This shit is hard. If not one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. Not only do you spend countless hours trying to build what you dream of building, but 99% of the time you’re doing this alone. No one really knows about the demons you have to constantly fight off or the constant battles of self doubt, most people only see a glimpse of your journey or whatever bullshit you post on social media. And through everything we go through, somehow we have to keep fighting through all the shit in hopes to make it one day. So is it really worth it?
About 95% of my day is spent in front of my computer. Whether it’s reading articles, writing, editing, studying marketing, etc my life is spent in front of a screen. To many people that doesn’t sound very appealing, but to me I understand that this is something I have to do in order to get to where I want to be. I love writing, I really do, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life sitting in front of a computer typing some shit that people might or might not read. Writing is something that’ll open the door to the rest of the world for me. From screenplays, directing, producing, and music are all different artistic crafts I want to get into, but I know writing is something I have to focus on now in order to get there. So I sit here trying to master this shit, from reading books of authors who make no fucking sense when they write, to studying countless successful marketing plans just so I can reach that next level. All this work would make any regular person go insane, but it’s the single idea of where I could be that drives me forward. Sounds a little psychotic but I wanted to follow my dreams, so this is what I have to do.
To me chasing this dream of mine was worth it. Yeah I have to put up with a lot of bullshit, but writing gives me a sense of freedom. Writing is what makes me happy. It’s the way I cope with the world. Yeah I’m not financially stable, but writing is the one thing I can come to at the end of the day, write a couple words, and that person reading might realize that they’re not alone in this cold world. And I think that’s what keeps me going. Yeah I might be writing this article at 3am, but someone out there might need to hear what I have to say. It hasn’t been easy to get to where I am today and I don’t expect it to get any easier. But by sharing my experiences through writing, this could potentially have the power to make someone else’s journey less stressful. If I stick to my values and never follow the wrong things, soon the stars will align and I’ll get the opportunity I’ve been working so hard for.
If you’re planning to chase your dream, know that you’re going to have to do a lot of work behind closed doors. Meaning you wont be recognized for a lot of the work you put in. And 99% of the time people won’t care for the work you’re doing unless you have something to show for. Chasing your dreams is not an easy task to do, but the mere thought of being free will allow you keep pushing forward, until one day you reach that goal of yours. Then the going gets a little easier, but you constantly have to put up a fight because if you don’t, then who will? You might cry yourself to sleep, but when you wake up the next morning be prepared to push aside all the bullshit and move forward. People often say that when you fall down it’s important to get right back up, but sometimes you need to be dragged through the mud in order to grow as a person and grow through your journey. But aside from all the negativity that might come your way, the wins throughout your journey will mean that much more. Especially when you’ve worked so damn hard for them. Just think of the lives you could possibly change if you were to make your dream a reality.
Following your dream isn’t for everyone either. You have to be willing to take the punches along the way, and sometimes people aren’t willing to do so. And that’s ok. There’s other ways to contribute to society, but if you want to follow your dreams just know it’s not going to be easy. You might cry a little but just know it’ll all be worth it in the long run, just think of the endless possibilities that might come from this. Eternal happiness is what my dream provides, so why wouldn’t it be worth it? Only you know the right answer to this question, so you tell me if it’s worth it or not.