Follow Your Dreams: Just for the ears or should it be followed?

Hey guys, Sim here. And I’m back! Recently, there was a seminar for us tenth graders on career selecting. In the seminar, the lecturer kept emphasising on two things: (i) Having our future mapped out and (ii) following our dreams.

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Really?

Now, haven’t we all been told to follow our dreams? We see (or rather hear) people saying this cheesy line to one another all the time. But is it as easy as it sounds? Heck, is it even practical? Sure, it sounds rather good to the ears- “follow your dreams”. But does it even make sense in some situations? Is it as satisfying in reality as it is in our “dreams”?

Tbh, I don’t think so. While it may sound as the right thing to do, it doesn’t necessarily be the right thing to do. If we get realistic, as being realistic is the most sensible thing to be, what are the chances that we will achieve our dreams? It depends on your dream. If it is our dream to become a teacher or to learn swimming, we can achieve our dreams. But what if our dream is to become a pop star or a famous writer? It isn’t practical. The chances of us getting discovered and liked by the audience are very, very tiny.

I don’t mean to be a pessimist or to discourage you from following your dreams. I am simply trying to be realistic here. There are SO many talented people out there who are just as talented as celebs but haven’t been discovered. If they were to simply follow their dreams and not do what is practical (and by that I mean getting a job) then do you think they’ll survive? They might chase their dreams and achieve the dreams to some extent. But isn’t being the top dog what matters?

What I mean is, lemme give you an example. Suppose there is a person who is really good at singing. Obviously, his dream will be becoming a singer. He chases his dream (struggles for a few years) and achieves it to some extent. Basically, he ends up becoming the lead singer of a band. But the band is not famous and is his only source of income. He spent first few years of his youth struggling and has finally got a job. This is probably his only option for now. Do you think he’ll feel satisfied? He has achieved his dream… then?

So should we not follow our dreams and stick to what is the most practical? I don’t like the sound of this and disagree with this too. The reason behind my disagreeing with this is that I find it hard to imagine life stuck with a job that doesn’t give me satisfaction and a job that I do not exactly enjoy doing. I mean, your job is a MAJOR part of your life and if you don’t enjoy your job, enjoying your life isn’t really possible. And what’s the point of living a life that you don’t enjoy? Y.O.L.O and all, ya’ know.

So then, if listening to our “hearts” and follow our dreams or doing the practical and doing what everyone else does is not an option, then what do we do?

I feel (I know I am inexperienced but I did do a lot of thinking on this topic. It’s an opinion anyway) that we dream practical. Huh? You read it right. I said (or rather wrote) dream practical or dream big but have a backup. Aim for your goal keeping your talents, interests and the probability of your aspiration coming true in mind.

I know. It isn’t much of a “dream” if you have to think so much over it and doesn’t exactly follow the whole “dream big” thingy if you look at the third condition of ambitioning (yes, “ambition” is a verb as well). The bigger you dream the smaller the possibility of it coming true, right?

Wrong.

You can dream big and the chances of the dream coming true depend totally on the amount of hard work you put in. Hard work and determination can make you achieve your dreams no matter how big they are.

 The conclusion of everything that I said (or rather wrote) above is that dream big and follow your dreams, provided you dream practical.

That’s all for this week. I post every Saturday (or at least try to). This was just my opinion, people. What are your thoughts on the topic? Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to like, share, comment and follow! I’ll be back next week with more, till then, goodbye! 🙂

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