Mum and Dad tell me that I can write even if I take up science. But I don’t want to do it. I love science, I do! But I do not want to make a career out of it. I want to write. I want to be a writer, travel the world, meet new people- I want to really live my life the way I want to, before it all ends someday. I’m torn between being the good daughter that I’m supposed to be, or live for myself and be happy with life rather than being stuck with a job that doesn’t give me any time for myself. I choose the latter…”
Four years ago, I was given a choice that is probably not given to many youngsters- to choose a stream that would make me rich, or to choose a stream that would make me happy. I was made to choose between engineering and literature. It took me some time to make up my mind, but once I did, there was no turning back! I was ridiculed and judged by many people (‘Oh, she must have scored pretty low,’ or ‘Ha, how’re you planning to make a career out of it?’), but I can’t say I regret it! It has been one of the best decisions I have ever taken, and I’m so very thankful to my parents for actually supporting me through all of it.
People kept telling me that I wouldn’t earn as much; I would have to struggle a lot. Sure, but what path doesn’t take struggle, to be honest? Shortcuts don’t take struggle. But I was going to do this the right way- from the scratch. I made up my mind that I would follow my dreams, and face whatever challenges came along the way! After all, it was time to do something I was actually good at- writing. I worked on a simple principle- do what you love and excel in what you do, and success will follow. Maybe seeing this message pop-up on several occasions was a signal that I should start following my dream already.
“Don’t you find it odd,” she continued, “that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.”
― Ethan Hawke,
I want to tell all of you lovely readers that if you have given up on something that you dearly love, go ahead and do it again. Because when you do something that you love, work doesn’t feel like work at all. After four years of having followed my dreams, I can proudly tell you all that I’ve never once felt as though I am saturated by work or studies (and I swear, I’m not joking when I tell you that I find myself enjoying all the time).
A little birdie once told me that I should live my dreams for myself, no matter what people say! Walking down the path you choose can be one of the best things in life! Sure, you might have to face a little bit of struggle, but in the end, I assure you, it’s all rainbows, unicorns and pixie-dust!
Dare to follow your dreams! Trust me, when you look back on your journey towards your goal, you’ll have a huge smile and zero regrets! After all, how will you know if you don’t try?
“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”
Comment below and let me know what following your dreams means to you! I would love to hear from all of you! Share, if you are or know a person who would love to follow their dreams!