Monday, 7 September 2015

Crazy Dreams

"You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

You know that moment you have when you're reaching some kind of stress threshold, you're getting fed up with life and your current situation and you say, in a kind of jokey, offhanded manner that you're going to throw the towel in and pursue a crazy dream that lurks in the back of the mind? I was sitting at my desk a while back, inundated with coursework, behind on other work, missing family, close friends and feeling very much alone when I had the sudden thought, 'Sod it! I'm going to leave uni and go and live and work at Turtle Island', then I had a little laugh at myself and continued on with my work feeling miserable. Then I had another thought not too long after, a realisation if you will. Not enough people actually take those moments seriously.

It's too easy, in the society that we live in, to shut down an idea or dream simply because it doesn't fit with the life that gets set out for you. It's too easy to laugh it away as 'crazy' or 'silly' because it seems like an impossibility, too out there for you, too much of a hassle. Not to mention, how on earth are you going to justify yourself to the people around you, when they all seem to be doing the respectable 'adult' thing of settling down with a good job, a new car, a mortgage, a retirement fund, savings for their unborn children, a TV license and annual all inclusive holidays. It seems to me that our society measures success based upon material possessions and I find it hard to justify living with less so that I can experience more, when I feel this ingrained pressure to do the opposite of what I want to do, when I feel like a failure for not wanting to get that graduate job but instead I want to float around, untied for a while. 

Yet despite that worry of being a disappointment, never have I felt more alive than when I'm going places and working hard and following those crazy dreams. And although it's hard to accept sometimes, the people who really matter will see that and will understand that it's your life and only you can choose how you live it. So the next time that seemingly impossible dream makes its way to the front of your mind, take it a little more seriously and do something about it.
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