Are you doing what you love to do in life? Are you doing what makes your heart sing and causes time to stand still because you’re caught up in your bliss? Do you wake up every day feeling blessed that you are living your dream?
Or have you, like Jude in My Lover’s Keeper pushed your dream, your bliss, aside and got a “proper job”?
“I had extravagant, secret dreams of writing novels about far-flung places. In the meantime, I polished my new office shoes and ironed my white blouses.”
You’ve probably at some point, like most people who harbour creative pursuits and ambitions, been told that your dream was impractical, pie-in-the-sky and doomed to failure. Fear is drummed into you: How can you pay the bills from painting pictures or writing stories? Only very lucky or insanely talented people make it big. The rest – the triers and the pitiable dreamers, well, they wind up sitting in a crappy apartment somewhere, broke and in denial. Failures with a capital, neon-lit “F”.
If you listen long and hard enough the opinions of other people, especially those who’ve given up on their own dreams or never had them in the first place, can signal the kiss of death to pursuing what you love.