“You’ve sent your daughter to Hyderabad, for a BSc.!! She could have done any BSc. Here and then opted for masters in the stream she likes.”
I did not bother to look shocked, nor did I bother to respond. My daughter has dreamed for her subject since she could talk. I did not want her to go through what I did. Think about it, if every day you are not paying the price to make your dreams come true then your every day is the price that you are paying to stop your dreams.
Have you ever notice, 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.
for me, being inspired to follow my dreams has never been an issue simply because I did not dream in that sense of the word, I mean like visions and visualizations. My dreams were flights of fantasy. When the Amway Jokers asked me to write out my aspirations I kind of went into a stupor. That inspired me to look within and begin to live instead of just exist
I might place blame, give reasons and even have excuses, but at the end of the day, it was my own cowardice not to follow my calling. Yes I call it my calling, just a few years back I was different, i had not always chosen the safest path, I’ve made mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon, and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I now acknowledge I learnt something important along the way; i learnt to heed the Call of my heart. I’ve learnt that the safest path is not always the best path and I’ve learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.
After the Amway guys made me aware of the fact that I was comatose, I took a good look at my life. like I said before, I had to accept that I had cowed into the overwhelming pressure of fear, the fear of failure but strangely still it was the fear that I might succeed then I would have to find a newer vista to achieve…I was always told it is lonely on the top so i did not want to go there. like I accepted before I can dole out n-number of excuses but what I lacked was courage.
When I realized if I could not believe in miracles, it was okay I could believe on myself. I also realized when I want something bad enough, I let that drive push to make it happen. sometimes I ran into brick walls that are put to test me, I had to find a way around them and stay focused on my dreams. When I had a will, I did find the way. so many people out there, did say, “No” but when I believed in something so hard I could just smile and tell them, “watch me.” their rejection kind of acted as motivation, it made me unstoppable. I kept my faith, and my goals refusing to give up no matter what. That has been the best skill I learnt.
I realized it’s not enough to wish, dream or hope, setting asail on the sea of uncertainty was also necessary. Meeting fear face-to-face, finding courage, is essentials. Dreams are put maps for a great journey. Dreams come true, its a good story, so live one. follow your dreams, like I am following mine. I am not saying it’s going to be easy. But I am saying it’s going to be worth it.