Is It Worth It To Chase Your Dreams?

worth it to chase your dreams
worth it to chase your dreams
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Daily Blog #341

Life has been moving all too quickly recently. The days seem to be passing me by in the blink of an eye while only leaving a blurred memory. I haven’t been able to focus on the present moment. I find myself thinking way too much on either the past or on the future with absolutely zero middle ground. The only thing that this is doing is just speeding up the already rapid pace that my life is moving at.

I was driving home from work yesterday and found myself yet again focusing only on the past and the future. As I looked back on my past, I asked myself if it was really worth it to be spending all of my time chasing my dreams. Should I be playing it safe to prevent myself from failing? Should I be doing something different in life that would make me stand out less?

Even someone like me, someone who preaches nothing but positivity, self-love, and self-belief experiences these moments of doubt and worry. The best way that I can describe it, it was as if I was contradicting everything that I stand for and believe in. All of my hard work over the last year, all of my beliefs, and all of my strength was being tested. I kept asking myself what I was doing with my life, and why was I doing it?

I spent the entire drive home from work yesterday questioning my abilities, wondering how my future will look, and allowing my fears to consume my thoughts. It wasn’t until the end of the drive that I was finally able to get ahold of myself and gain some sense of clarity. After I parked my car, I closed my eyes, and let stillness find it’s way back into my life. I asked myself that same exact question one more time.

Is it worth it to chase your dreams?

The difference this time around was the answer. When my brain was racing, when all of my fears were surfacing, and when I was experiencing more doubt than I can remember experiencing for a long time, I realized that if I was not chasing my dreams each and every day, then what was the purpose of even being alive?

For the first time in a long time, I feel as if my life has a purpose and a meaning to it. I wake up every day with more energy, more happiness, and more confidence in myself than I have ever had in my entire life. It isn’t because I finally grew up or because somebody helped to change my life. It is because I decided to change my own life, and I decided to start chasing my dreams.

When it comes to chasing our dreams in life, I see it in two ways. If we don’t chase our dreams in life, then we are only chasing the dreams of others. We are giving our lives to help build somebody else’s dreams. And every dream starts with a thought. The difference is that the persons whose dreams you are chasing had the courage and strength to actually execute on them.

If we do chase our dreams, then we are living a life of fulfillment and a life of meaning. Maybe I never actually achieve the outcome that I desire, but at least I will die doing something that was able to give my life a sense of meaning. And if I do achieve my dreams (don’t worry, I know that I will), then I will continue to dream, and continue to strive for bigger and better heights.

I may never be the most talented person in the room, but I have made a promise to myself that no matter what, I will always be the hardest working person in the room. I will work each and every single day to be the best that I can be, and I will continue to live a better life each and every day.

In retrospect, I truly needed to experience the doubt that I was feeling that day. I needed to question my willingness to achieve my dreams, and I needed to question if it was worth it to chase my dreams. Because now that I did, I will always have the firm belief that I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. My life has never been better than it is today, and chasing my dreams has contributed to a large amount of that happiness.

So yes, it is worth it to chase your dreams. If you don’t, then how are you ever going to live the life you dream of living?

This doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to experience fear and doubt, because you will. This means that when you chase your dreams, you will live a much more fulfilled and meaningful life. And to me, that leads to a far better and more enjoyable life.

Michael Bonnell

4/6/2019

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