I see it everywhere. The idea that one should follow one’s dreams is getting more and more amplified these days. We all are beaten over the statement that you can do whatever you want to do, you can mold this world, you can achieve anything, you are worth this universe and etc.. etc..
All this is based on what people assume as a fact that pursuing your dreams is the only way to happiness. Is it really so? Mostly, self-help books and columns are responsible for making people believing this by repetitively feeding this into the mind of their users.
If its true, then those who dared to follow their dreams and became successful must be always happy and those who have failed to do so must not be able to taste that sweet taste of happiness ever. But this is not the way it is. No matter who you are, you have always got reasons to be happy, atleast once a day, doesn’t matter you consider those reasons worth it or not, but there are always reasons to be happy.
Sometimes wanting something is way better than having it. For example, when I was in 5th standard, inspired by Homi J. Bhabha, I wanted to be a scientist. So I worked hard to improve my grades. Later, I wanted to be a great Rubik’s cube solver, so I learned to solve one with a great speed. Believe me, the list goes on and on. But neither I am a scientist, nor world’s fastest Rubik’s cube solver nor an awesome guitarist (courtesy: GreenDay). So what, all of my aspirations has led me to a unique present and will lead me to a very uncertain and unpredictable future. This is what makes life so exciting and worth living. This is for sure that if I have had ended up being a scientist, my life would have been way boring and I got your back on this 😛
“It’s the journey that brings us happiness, not the destination.” (Peaceful warrior)
I have failed a million times, and so do you. Failing is a way to win. If you have never failed, you may not have tried enough. What if this failing refers to failing in achieving your dreams? Is it still ok?
Yes! Absolutely it is. In fact, success is the progressive realization of your goals, but not necessarily achieving each one of them. Not achieving teaches valuable life lessons which otherwise cannot be learned by any other means. Whats good in achieving success followed by broken relationships, broken bonds, or dangerously high mental anxiety, at the cost of everything you have?
I would like to close with a quote of Jim Carrey: “I hope everybody could get rich and famous and will have everything they ever dreamed of, so they will know that it’s not the answer.“
May most of your dreams come true.