We all have an internal image of our ideal life.
We each of us all have dreams we want achieve within this reality.
Living the dream is a very real concept towards which we should all aspire, but modern society has turned that phrase into a demarcation of utter
irony and sarcasm bitter. For instance, in my old workplace at a top bank, when someone seemed be suffering at some particularly complex or tedious or
onerous assignment, when asked "how's it going," the most common refrain became 'living the dream.'
But really, that phrase has far more value than that. And it deserves much better than casual banter used as a common platitude by those who find
themselves wallowing in an unwanted situation or fording across some undesired strait.
In truth we should be forever wielding that phrase in accordance with its original meaning. And we should strive towards remaking our reality until
those simple words suit our life--because we all have dreams unto which we aspire, and most of them are almost invariably achievable with sufficient
amounts of dedication and effort and concerted focus.
It all starts with making a plan. For if you lack even an outline conception of what your dream existence entails, never can you start striving
towards those heights.
So open a file on your computer and commence that process right now. Start writing down everything you'd need accomplish or obtain before you could
safely say you're officially living the dream.
Perhaps your life dreams involve seeing some exotic locale or engaging in some particular adventure or activity. Perhaps they involve saving enough
money where you can retire in leisure on the white sands of some faraway beach and stare all day at crystal-blue waters of tropical seas.
Whatever your dreams happen be, write all of them down. Sketch out a simple conception of what your dream life would entail.
Then start making a blueprint of how to reach those goals.
Once you sit down and start crunching numbers--once you devote yourself utterly towards the task of making your dreams into reality instead of just
letting them linger somewhere in the confines of your imagination--you'll undoubtedly find that many of them are achievable with nothing more than a
little extra hard work and sacrifice. And you'll invariably discover that some of those dreams you might be able to accomplish right now.
Maybe you yearn to start racing cars. Maybe you want to jump out of an airplane. Maybe you've always wanted to work towards becoming a better
Well, realistically, nothing is stopping you from pursuing any of those activities at this very moment. So why wait?
Start researching local racetracks and lesson costs. Look for nearby parachuting places or voice coaches.
Then stop making excuses why you can't or shouldn't do those things. Just get out there and do them--because after they're done and you've got a few
dreams checked off your list and tucked safely under your belt, you'll start realizing: This is way easier than you thought.
All it takes is a direction in which to move, a goal towards which to work. Then all you need is the motivation to get started.
Then, after you complete a few of those dream activities you'll have an epiphany worth more than any amount of money you spent on completing those
aims. You'll realize that throughout your entire life, nothing has ever been holding you back but yourself.
"But I can't find the money to pursue my dreams," many people say. "But I can't find the time."
Whenever I hear that, I ask how much money they waste each month on unnecessary expenses like dining out and alcohol and going out to the movies.
Then I ask them some very simple questions:
Would you rather watch a movie of someone else living an epic life, or would you rather save that money and start living that epic life for
Would you rather go out for the thousandth time and eat chicken fingers at Applebee's or breadsticks at The Olive Garden, or would you rather save
that money and forgo those banalities until you can afford a seven-course meal in Paris?
And would you really rather punish your liver and brain for another weekend, rather than reallocate that capital towards activities that enrich your
life and enhance your mind?
I've been to multiple continents, driven flat-out around the most dangerous racetrack in the world, canoed up the Amazon basin, climbed to over
16,000', skied down a mountain, snowmobiled up another mountain, bungee jumped from over 400' in the air, maxed out a car on the autobahn, camped out
for weeks in the Amazon rainforest, explored the limits of my consciousness with a multi-generational shaman, authored several books, backpacked for
days through the Andes mountains, and have eaten in and explored countless amazing cities throughout some of the finest places in the world. And
that's just off the top of my head.
I don't have a trust fund. I didn't have an exceptionally lucrative 1%-income job. All I had (have) was the will and desire towards remaking my
existence in the image of my dreams.
Then those things became possible because I decided to start living my dreams instead of coasting through life doing what everyone else does.
When I tell people about those things, invariably they're interested. Then inevitably they want to hear more about me and my life.
But if I mention I spent over four years drinking every weekend throughout college whilst hanging out with my fraternity and clubbing all the time, no
one gives an eff. And if I mention I've probably eaten in Applebees and Olive Garden hundreds of times across the course of my life, and that I've
seen hundreds upon hundreds of movies, they remain nonplussed.
No one cares about people drinking on the weekends or going to clubs. No one cares about your meal at Applebees or Olive Garden or the number of times
you've watched movies.
Not even you should give a # about those things... because none of those activities will take you any closer towards an apex state of living the
We've all experienced those facets of the "normal" American life... and we can all agree they suck.
So why not give them all up entirely and save that money for things that truly matter in life? Why not reallocate your interests and re-engineer your
life towards doing only those things that truly matter?
Why not start working towards living your dreams?
You might not realize it yet--and you might never realize it until you take a chance and start that process of remaking your reality for yourself--but
like I said before:
The only reason you're not living your dreams is the person staring back at you in the mirror.
So resolve towards doing things differently going forward. Make a vow that beginning right now you'll start working towards remodeling your life.
Make that list of your dream existence. Start making a real blueprint towards achieving your goals.
Then start working at achieving them. One by one, bring your dreams into reality.
And one day at a time, start working at giving back that phrase its real meaning.
Then you'll soon realize: The only thing keeping you from living the life you want is you.
And the only things you stand lose are an endless string of drinking, clubbing, eating awful food, and wasting your life staring at other people on
the big screen whilst they live the adventurous lives you truly want.
So start living your dreams. I promise you'll never regret it.
And you'll never look back.
edit on 5-10-2015 by Trachel because: (no reason given)