Dreams are etched deeply into part of our being – our memories, minds, or spirits perhaps. They influence many vital decisions and alter the courses of our lives. You can choose to stifle them deep inside, never allowing them to see the light and grow into a branch of your life. Alternatively, you can take a wild chance and follow them, knowing they might lead to pain and difficulty. In the end, you will always wonder what would have happened if you never give those dreams a chance.
Still, chasing a dream and catching it only to have it crumble in your fingers is agonizing. Having a fleeting idea fail or not enjoying a temporary situation is frustrating. Yet, realizing your dream that you fought for is a thing you no longer desire wounds much deeper.
Imagine loving someone from afar and then having a shot at being with him or her only to have that person break your heart or be revolting. Or always wanting a dog and finally finding the cutest one only to discover that you are terribly allergic to it.
Imagine putting hours of daydreaming, preparation, and passion into something only to gain it and wish you never had.
And yet, you know that you wouldn’t change your decision to pursue your dream. Did it live up to your expectation? No, but you grew. You matured, realized what you loved and hated, found what you needed in life. You are closer to fulfilling other dreams, maybe ones with happier endings.
Life rarely happens in a way that we expect. Pain sometimes comes from experiences and people that we expected to bring us great joy.
Other times, however, hope and inspiration come from trying times when we finally learn what we need, want, and love. When we finally stand up and stay firm. When we finally look at ourselves in the mirror and begin to like – if not yet love – what we see.
So, keep dreaming. Keep chasing those dreams. They might end up leaving you feeling broken and lost. But those fragile and painful moments remind you of your strength.