5 Reasons to Follow your Dreams
1. They are Your dreams, nobody can follow them but you!
2. It is what you, deep down inside, really really want to do.
3. Don't wait until it's too late, and you never know when "too late" arrives,
because regret is a horrible and all consuming feeling to live with.
4. Think how good you will feel when you actually grab that star.
5. Why the heck not?
5 Reasons to Travel
1. You only live once, why spend all your life in only one place?
2. Get exposed to different cultures, food, music, architecture, landscapes,
wildlife and languages. Expand your horizons. We live in a beautiful planet,
get off Google Earth and go see it with your own eyes.
3. Meet different people, and you may realize that despite all the
external differences, we are not all that different from one another; for
instance, you may meet a person in Africa or China who likes the exact
same book or music you do.
4. Expect the unexpected! You could fall in love and marry someone you meet
on your travels (Happened to me and to another girl I know) Maybe your
other half is halfway across the world :)
5. This reasons applies especially when traveling to 3rd World countries: You
will encounter far less fortunate people than you (which remarkably, many
of them are truly happy with what they have), you will realize how lucky
you are, even just for the opportunity to be there. This experience will most
likely have a deep impact on you, and is bound to change your outlook on
life; you will never ever again complain about lack of money or material
things. (And I am talking from experience.)
5 Reasons to Travel Solo
1. Just because you have no one to go with at the moment doesn't mean you
should stay at home. Challenge yourself!
2. It is far less intimidating than it seems, trust me, I did it!
3. Traveling with a significant other or friend is nice and safe, however, vacation
time is precious, and when you travel solo you do not have to compromise
your time or money doing things that aren't that important to you. Do you
really want to spend your entire day shopping/in a museum/sitting in the
hotel/fill in the blank_____, while you could be exploring the place, meeting
new people or just feel like taking it easy?... You will be the Master of
your own time and get to do what YOU want, when YOU want . Think of the
flexibility and amazing sense of freedom!
4. You'll be surprised how many other solo travelers you'll meet. And you will
probably meet far more people on your own because you are more
approachable this way. If you stay at a hostel for instance, you will meet so
many locals and people from all over the world, and you may end up
making friendships that will last you a lifetime. And some days you will
actually wish you had some "alone time".
5. You could use this alone time to evaluate and meditate on your life, your
goals, career, dreams, problems, etc... Distancing yourself from a situation
and the daily pressures, can help you gain perspective and wonderful
5 Reasons to Buy my Art
1. It will look great on your wall.
2. I admit, it's not a necessity. But who doesn't like to indulge and be
surrounded by beauty? it's the little things in life... Give a little gift of love
and beauty to yourself or a loved one!
3. By buying my art you'll support an emerging artist and help me purchase
more materials to create other wonderful pieces of art that may decorate
your walls someday.
4. I donate 5% of each painting sold to "AniMeals"; a No-Kill Adoption Center
and Animal Food Bank, located on 1700 Rankin in Missoula, Montana.
www.animeals.com So not only will you support me, you'll also support our
little furry friends.
5. Who knows, I may be the next Picasso and your small investment may be
worth a lot of money someday!
6. It will make you feel good.
7. It will make me feel good :-)
8. Super Bonus Reason: By buying my art you will help me continue to follow
my dreams and biggest passion in life: Travelling!!!
(which in turn may inspire you to do the same :-) )
OK OK... I got a bit carried away there....it happens :-)
Back to my point...
As you see, there are millions of reasons to do what your heart desires, but I'm sure that for every "reason to..." you can find 10 reasons "not to".
I believe that the reason we don't follow our dreams, make changes, take chances, travel, leave that boring job, relationship, or simply stay in a place we are not happy in, is FEAR: Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of rocking the boat, fear of disappointment, fear of success?, fear of having nothing more to dream about, fear of "what will the neighbors think"? :)
Fear of _______________ you fill in the blank.
I will say it once more: YOU ONLY HAVE ONE LIFE!
(Notwithstanding reincarnations if you believe in that but who's to say you won't come back as a bug?)
Do not settle for "mediocracy", what if's and perhaps regret someday. Look at it this way: what is greater, your fears or that which you desire? What is the worse that could happen? Do this exercise: picture that dream, that thing you would like to accomplish but are afraid to. You take a leap of faith and go for it. What is the worse that could happen? and this is the place to let your imagination run wild and picture your most darkest and unrealistic fears. Seriously, what is the absolute worse case scenario if you follow your dreams? Can you live with the consequences? is it really worse than not trying at all? And if it doesn't work out you can always go back to the old ways.
Not much to lose, huh?
I am not encouraging or suggesting here by any means, for you to be reckless, irresponsible or to gamble your life away. In simple words, evaluate the situation realistically, think of what could go wrong and make sure you can live with the consequences, but then again, what if everything goes right? Maybe something good will happen :)
I will end with a passage from a book that affected me deeply. When I read it I realized that I want to fulfill my dreams, not only dream about them. It dawned upon me that having unfulfilled dreams is far scarier than running out of them.
You can always dream a new one!
A conversation between the merchant and the boy in the book
"The Alchemist" by Paolo Coelho":
…"Two days ago, you said that I had never dreamed of travel," the merchant answered. "The fifth obligation of every Muslim is a pilgrimage. We are obliged, at least once in our lives, to visit the holy city of Mecca.
"Mecca is a lot farther away than the Pyramids. When I was young, all I wanted to do was put together enough money to start this shop. I thought that someday I'd be rich, and could go to Mecca. I began to make some money, but I could never bring myself to leave someone in charge of the shop; the crystals are delicate things. At the same time, people were passing my shop all the time, heading for Mecca.
Some of them were rich pilgrims, traveling in caravans with servants and camels, but most of the people making the pilgrimage were poorer than I. "All who went there were happy at having done so. They placed the symbols of the pilgrimage on the doors of their houses. One of them, a cobbler who made his living mending boots, said that he had traveled for almost a year through the desert, but that he got more tired when he had to walk through the streets of Tangier buying his leather."
"Well, why don't you go to Mecca now?" asked the boy.
"Because it's the thought of Mecca that keeps me alive. That's what helps me face these days that are all the same, these mute crystals on the shelves, and lunch and dinner at that same horrible café. I'm afraid that if my dream is realized, I'll have no reason to go on living.
"You dream about your sheep and the Pyramids, but you're different from me, because you want to realize your dreams. I just want to dream about Mecca. I've already imagined a thousand times crossing the desert, arriving at the Plaza of the Sacred Stone, the seven times I walk around it before allowing myself to touch it. I've already imagined the people who would be at my side, and those in front of me, and the conversations and prayers we would share. But I'm afraid that it would all be a disappointment,
so I prefer just to dream about it.…"
Which one are you? The Merchant or the boy?
Share your thoughts or personal stories!
Artist, world traveler & animal lover who found a home in Montana and purpose in Art. I'm a dreamer and that's the essence of that which I create.