I had a conversation this week with someone I admire; she’s living in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, enjoying what seems to be the most amazing vocation – and enjoying the lifestyle and learning and growing with her craft. She said during the conversation – yep – ‘living the dream’. I’ve heard that said before a few times and it got me thinking.
I think it’s only now that I really understand what it means.
Living the dream used to conjure up days of inspiration and fulfillment, feeling constantly wired about life and having some kind of charmed existence that’s only reserved for the lucky ones.
Now I see that living the dream is not necessarily about everything falling into place and becoming an amazing, hassle-free existence. But first of all, I must say that living the dream should be no less appealing and sought after, as it is still the best way to live.
- For me, it’s following your heart when you feel scared.
- It’s making decisions that others sometimes don’t understand with and having the faith and confidence to follow through.
- It’s getting up and doing the same stuff – over and over again – including the stuff you’d rather not do.
- It’s trying things that haven’t been done before rather than relying on how it’s been done before.
- It’s remembering to be grateful for the days where you are struggling, along with the days you are floating on cloud nine – because you don’t get one without the other.
- It’s enjoying every single minute as best you can, because you know you’ve chosen it and you’d rather be doing this than anything else – even with all its pitfalls.
Yes – living the dream is great, but it’s also challenging, bumpy and a little bit scary sometimes. Unless your dream is to float along waiting for life to take you on its twists and turns. It’s worth following your dream because it means you get to live your dream.
Why is it really the best way to live? Because living your dream is not about waiting for a dream to come true. It doesn’t mean you work hard knowing you’re going to get huge rewards or massive recognition. Living the dream means you’re doing what you’d do anyway. When you take everything else away, the huge financial wins, the viral posts and the massive lists. The big brand and the safe business. Whatever you seek, whatever you’re chasing, may not come about, but living the dreams means you’re happy seeking it, content in chipping steadily away at the next goal and steadily taking the next step, knowing you’re where you want to be, doing what you want to do – regardless of the outcome. THAT’S living the dream.
Not living the dream?
- Is wondering what if.
- Doubting and not doing.
- Second guessing and procrastinating.
- Fearing and failing before starting.
- Giving up before you’ve even given it a go.
- Living someone else’s life
- Chasing someone else’s dreams
- Following someone else’s path
- Copying someone else’s vision.
No thank you…