“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others‘ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
When we were children, we were taught to follow our heart. We were encouraged to let our imagination run wild, our spirits fly free, and to become whoever we want to be! No star is out of reach! No dream is too big! Why then, as adults, are we taught to conform to society?
As we approach the end of our adolescence, we find a plan has already been made for us. A four year university and a get-rich-quick scheme of a major awaits us. After that, our own cubicle with it’s own hour long commute, and eventually a significant other with kids soon to follow.
Our hearts have been replaced by pocket books, our imagination by practicality, our spirits by social standing, and ourselves by who others want you to be. Success is defined by money, status, and family. If not obtained, you are doomed to fail.
I want you to look back on your childhood. Reminisce on that carefree version of yourself. Think about what you wanted to be when you grew up. Do you remember the first time you ever answered that question? Do you remember what your answer was? Whether it was as silly as a princess or as serious as a doctor, I want you to imagine your life today as that person you once aspired to be. Does it make you smile? Does it make you sad? Does it make you nostalgic for the time in your life when nothing else mattered but what you wanted?
I have good news for you. What you want is still all that matters.
Pursuing what others want and expect for your life is a waste of your time and potential. If you simply begin to think outside the box they have tried to pack you in, you will begin to live the live you were truly meant to live.
I’ve been doing what I’ve wanted to do for three years now, and what an incredible experience it has been! I’ve been on more adventures in these three years than many will go on in ten. I didn’t look at my list and pick one, I did them all!
It all started with a choice. One I made for me.
If you’re feeling stuck, if you’re unhappy, if you’re feeling completely lost in the crowd, then choose to walk away. Go play. Go explore. Discover new places! Learn new things! Don’t be afraid to take the road less traveled!
As an adult, you are still allowed to follow your heart. You are still allowed to do what you want. You’re allowed to access your imagination. You’re allowed to dream. Most of all, you’re allowed to be who you want to be.
True success is found in a life well lived. It is found in the passion you have for what you’re doing and the happiness it brings you. It is found in the unique chapters of your story which only you can write.
I introduced this blog with a quote from a successful business man who believed in following your heart, and so I will conclude this blog in the same fashion. Although these two men have success and business in common, they are two very different individuals with two very different visions. Both succeeded because they followed their heart, used their imagination, and pursued a life they wanted.
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”