Every day, I get a little bit closer to my ideal life. I wake each day and take a step in the direction of my dreams.
Some days, I stumble. Other days, I outright fall. But EVERY DAY, I take a step, and it gets me closer.
When I pursue something that resonates deeply in my heart and soul, the setbacks somehow don’t feel like failure. I know what failure feels like. True failure is a nauseating emptiness you feel when you spend all your time pursuing something inauthentic, something sold to you by either well-meaning or insincere people–a dream perhaps that belongs to someone else–and it gets you nowhere.
It’s scary as all hell to pursue what I love–my vision of what my life should include:
- Time for fulfilling work that brings out the best in me
- Time for ample play and creative endeavors
- Time for fueling close relationships with family and friends
To achieve this vision, to move in the direction of my dreams, I have to return to its original owner whatever it is I’ve been sold in the past–those inauthentic things that no longer resonate within me. I may not achieve exactly what it is I dream of in the time frame I wish, but when I pursue what I love, even if it teases and eludes me, I cannot stop. My desire to achieve my dreams outruns my fear of failure.
Yes, it’s scary to let go of what I’ve been doing so I can pursue what I love–writing, editing, playing music, spending quality time with my partner, making enough time for family and friends–but if I’m to fail at anything in life, I’d much rather fail at pursuing something I love, if not all the things I love.
(Artwork credit: “Tightrope Over Niagara” painted by Walter Martin Baumhofer)
How about you? What is it that you wish you could or would pursue, if you’d only give up your fear of failure? Will you take a step today in the direction of your dreams?