Sadly, alot of us (especially the younger adult crowd) are suffering in fear and dismay of either pursuing our dreams, or sticking with the career that pays. I think the #1 reason why we suffer from this ‘Tug O’ War’ phase is because we fear that our passions, dreams and aspirations will not support us financially, due to the hard times that we are currently and have been facing. This ultimately leads to feelings of uneasiness, disdain and unmotivation. Deep down inside, we all wish we could just find a way to bridge our natural born talents to a financial tether that could support us without worrying about ‘paying our bills’ or running out of money. Ultimately, due to these negative emotions we feel like we are forced into immersion of this monotonous lifestyle until something ‘pops up’ out of the blue. A draw of luck per say….a blessing from above- a shake of the ‘right’ hand. Whatever you want to call it.
When I have talks with people about this particular dilemma, I often tell them this. As I feel like this breaks this whole thing down much better and gives people a clearer understanding of the concept. There are 2 types of people in this world and every single human on this planet breaks down into one of these 2 categories.
People who live for stability and security.
And People who live for freedom and expression.
The people who live for stability and security are the ones who, even though they may possess multiple talents, already have it hardwired into their brains to pursue a lifestyle of stability and security. These are the ones who are so adamant and determined to earn that college degree and rack up whatever other forms of education they can accumulate over time. These are the ones who have no problem going to work day in and day out, because what’s important to them is the stable ‘paycheck’ and earned salary. In retrospect, some of these individuals deep down inside constantly go through periods of doubt or boredom where they often feel like they are at the ‘wrong place’ and that there must be something better that provides more freedom. But because they have already conditioned and prepared themselves for such a career, they figured, “what’s the point of leaving now?” Not only that, but the more time that passes, the more it makes it harder for them to make the transition due to the subconscious commitment they have already placed themselves into.
And then you have the second type: The type that I myself fall under. The people who live for freedom and expression. These are the free-spirits, the ‘risk takers’ of the planet who instead prefer to hone in their natural talents and abilities and pursue a career that revolves around just that. They live in silence, but hope that one day the passions they share with others will make all the noise. They seek self-expression through art. They dread the monotonous, repetitive lifestyle. They prefer to have the ability to move around, travel and live life ‘on the fly’ rather than feeling stuck in one place for long periods of time. The problem with this is that it undoubtedly requires alot more creativity, drive and determination to even take the first few steps. The reason for that is because these types of people understand the reality. The REALITY that security and stability is harder to come by when you follow your dreams because making alot of money wasn’t even your concern in the first place. Thus, the concern in the first place was wondering how and when you’ll be able to make a living for yourself doing what you love.
But the truth about all this, is that life comes with no guarantees.
So those who prefer a lifestyle of stability and security, cannot assume that that stability and security will last forever because anything can happen at any given moment.
And those who prefer a lifestyle of freedom and expression, might one day expect the possibility that they may be placed in unfortunate circumstances that could shift their entire world overnight.
The point I’m trying to make is that no matter which one of these types you fall under, there are pros and cons to both. Risks and rewards for both. So what should we do about all this???
Interestingly enough, right before writing this post I just so happened to be ‘Googling’ about this topic to read up on forums and get a broader scope of the thoughts and ideas of others who analyze these exact points. And maybe this is a sign or some sort of divine intuition, but I came across a video on Youtube which involved a Ted-Talk about “Following Your Dreams”.
And like all Youtube videos, within seconds of viewing; I immediately scroll down to see what others are talking about in the comments. And this is the comment that I found (below). No need for me to even continue on with this post in my own words as this comment has an extremely powerful message behind it and sums up everything I wanted to convey and more. Enjoy….
Thankyou Jason Ray.