Daily Blog #234
If you recognize where these three phrases are from, I am going to be highly impressed.
“Dream with your eyes wide open.”
“Go and light your light, and let it bright.”
“Comfort, the enemy of progress.”
Anybody? Well, up until a few weeks ago, I would not have been able to tell you where even one of these phrases came from.
To pass some time on the plane to Hawaii, I decided to watch the movie, The Greatest Showman. I didn’t know that a musical would be filled with so many insightful lessons that we can all apply to our daily lives.
Little breakdown of the movie for you. In the movie, P.T. Barnum was an orphaned American boy who worked for the Hallett family, a very wealthy family. Well, just like any other love story, P.T. ended up falling in love with Charity Hallett, the daughter of the family he worked for.
To speed up the story telling, Charity gave up everything to be with P.T. Together, the two moved to New York City to live the life that they have always dreamed of living.
After falling on hard times, and while parenting two daughters, P.T. scammed the banks, and bought a $10,000 wax museum. When that didn’t work, P.T. had the idea of turning the wax museum into the first ever circus, a name that came from his biggest critic.
There are a lot of other details throughout the movie, but the part that grabbed my attention the most, was how P.T. started with nothing, and ended up accomplishing what he set out to achieve. How? By dreaming with his eyes wide open, and taking a chance on what he believed in.
I know that the movie may not be based on true events, but there are many people in the world who have followed the same path to success that P.T. followed. To be honest, I think that we can all learn a lot from it.
Each and every day of our lives, we have endless amounts of opportunities to create the life that we have always dreamed of living. Are there going to be times that are going to be more difficult than others? Absolutely. Are there going to be times where we are going to want to give up and take the easy way out? Most likely. But neither of these options are going to lead us to the life that we truly want to live.
But why not follow the path that P.T. took, and the path that every other successful person in the world takes? Why not invest everything into our beliefs? Why not take a chance on ourselves to have the opportunity to live our dreams? And why not follow our dreams until those dreams become our reality.
Are we guaranteed success if we take a chance on ourselves and follow our dreams? No. But unless we actually try to chase our dreams, we will never know what we are truly capable of. And even if we don’t achieve our dreams, at least we will have achieved happiness. Happiness coming from doing the things in life that we actually want to be doing, and happiness coming from the belief that we had in ourselves to even take a chance in the first place.
So I want to ask you, are your eyes wide open? Why not take a chance on yourself and follow your dreams. Why not do everything that you can in life in order to turn your dreams into a reality. And why not set yourself up for happiness? This is your one chance at life, so start dreaming with your eyes wide open.
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