Most people have dreams and the bigger they are the better!
Maybe you dream of owning a Fortune 100 company or building a luxury home in the South of France. Or maybe you dream of a destination wedding on a remote island or your Indie’s band winning the X-Factor!
Having dreams is one thing but following them and making them come true is another thing entirely!
When I was a little girl, I lived in the North of England with my parents and 3 siblings. My father took my sister and I to visit the Caribbean for the first when I was 10 and that was it, I fell in love with the place.
As I grew up, I dreamt of living and raising my own family there and the more I held onto my dream, the more real it became until one day, it came true!
And that’s the reason I wanted to write this blog. Mainly as a way to encourage you to follow your own dreams, despite the hardship and challenges along the way. And trust me, anything that is worth having is definitely going to come with some challenges.
In fact tough times are part of the course but as you overcome them, you will see, it’s also the stuff that makes your dreams come true!
If I didn’t follow my dreams where would I be? I guess I can’t know for sure but I do know where I wouldn’t be!
I wouldn’t be living in a beautiful rainforest surrounded by birds and butterflies. I wouldn’t have been able to take my kids to school everyday and give them the best of me And I wouldn’t have been able to take a 55-minute drive to my local beach that just happens to be one of the most beautiful sights around.
So I’m glad that I followed my dreams and here are 10 reasons you should follow yours.
10 Reasons You Should Follow Your Dreams!
- Dreams Keep You Alive!
Can you image how dull life would be if you didn’t have dreams? Dreams are the magical motivators that keep you moving forward. They ignite your passion and excitement. They put a pep in your step and a pitter-patter in your heart when you dream of their vast possibilities.
- Unlock Your Heart’s Desires
Have you ever wanted to do something so badly it pulls at your heart strings? I believe dreams are the keys that unlock your destiny and help you to find your life’s purpose.
They are the roots that plant themselves in your heart and follow you around from childhood yearning to flower.
- Bridge The Gap
Every thing that makes up our material world started off as a dream in somebody’s mind. A jet plane flying across the sky began as a glimmer in the minds of Orville and Wilbur Wright. And Alexander Graham Bell would have never heard the telephone ring if it were not for the pursuance of his dreams. Dreams bridge the gap between the unreal and the real and makes the journey worthwhile.
- Defines The Human Spirit
Have you ever met someone who doesn’t have a dream? They go through the motions of life and mundane is the order of their day. Their presence seems to fade in to the background of life.
Your dream is the vehicle that drives your resolve. Going after your dreams stretches you beyond the norm and forces you to engage your skills and exploit your character to the very end. Giving up, is never an option. When you follow your dream it reveals the strength and tenacity of the human spirit.
- You Never Forget The Things You Regret
‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails’. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Author Unknown
My father loved to tell stories about all the things he did in his life. But as he grew in to an old man he mostly regretted the things he didn’t do. I could see the sadness in his eyes.
You should follow your dreams just so you can say ‘I did it’! Even if it doesn’t work out the way you hoped, at least you tried. You won’t be plagued with regrets and mumblings of ‘if only’.
And what could be worse than having an unrealized dream stuck in the vestibules of ‘wondering’? ‘I wonder where I would be…’ ‘I wonder if it would’ve worked…’
The torment of the unknown has got to be far worse than facing the uncertainty of a calculated risk.
- Leave Your Legacy
Each time you follow your dreams, you leave a footprint behind. Your children have something to follow. And even if you don’t have children, your friends, family, co-workers or perfect strangers who happen to hear about your journey, will follow in your footsteps.
When I left the cold climates of London town for the shores of the Caribbean all those years ago, there were many challenges. I was a single parent with two little kids and had never lived in a foreign country before.
But following my dream left more than good times on Maracas Beach! Whether they know it or not, I planted a seed in my children that in time to come, will blossom in to their own qualities of determination and courage. They may wonder about their sense of adventure and boldness but I know, Mum’s the way! 🙂
- You Get To Do What You Love♥
You do what you love and love what you do!
You’re not stuck in a 9 to 5,
wondering if you’re still alive
because the day’s dragging and isn’t almost 4?
damn, you’re thinking, I can’t take this any more!
No no, this is not you! Because when you follow your dreams life is so much more magical.?
Where’s the boss? Oh I am the boss! Your dreams have created a lifestyle where you take charge and actually get to enjoy.
But the road is not easy! Anyone who has ever followed their dream will tell you about the peaks and the cold, lonely valleys. The laughter and the blood, sweat and tears. The highs and the slithering belly lows!
But they’ll also tell you, it was worth it! Because you get to do YOU, everyday and infuse it into your work, project or business.
You love what you do and the best part of all, following your dream magically aligns itself to your life’s purpose, you are living your joy and life has more meaning.
Read my blog about Living Your Life On Purpose
- Dreams Are The Sparks Of Creativity
Have you ever met anyone who followed their dreams without tapping into the creative forces of their being?
A dancer moves to the rhythm of her soul.
An artist paints with colours untold
A writer conveys meaning into words
A composer creates from the chorus of the birds
You should follow your dream to express your creativity. To produce great work, great music, great art, or anything great that has your name on it.
If you are an amazing cook, creativity will add to your flavor. If hair styling is your thing, your creative flair will compliment any cut or crop. It doesn’t matter what you do, when you follow your dreams, your creative nature is never far behind.
Read some endearing stories of ordinary people who followed their dreams!
- Dreams Expire!
As you get older time seems to go by much faster! You wonder where has it all gone.
Some may say that it’s never too late but actually dreams do expire. Maybe it’s not so much that the dream expires but your youthfulness and zest for life does.
You’re older now and for some, it’s time to pack away fanciful thoughts of what could have been. It’s not necessarily that your life is over but you wonder where would you find the energy, the enthusiasm and the know how at this late stage?
You should follow your dreams so that they don’t expire. In fact the continuous pursuance of your dreams is what keeps you young. You don’t stop dreaming because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dreaming.
I urge you to keep dreaming and reaching for the stars. It’s how you make new and colourful memories. It’s how to ensure your dreams never expire.
10. You Owe It To Yourself And To The World
As you follow your dreams you enliven parts of your being and tap in to resources you never even knew you had! You owe it to yourself to find the treasures buried within. As you unearth these riches, you sparkle and shine from a very special place.
When you follow your dreams you are a better person for it. When you’re better, the world is better and it benefits greatly from the gifts and talents you chose not to conceal but to make manifest from the heart of your dreams!
I hope after reading this blog you are inspired to follow your dreams. I hope you will replace fear with faith and make your dreams your reality.
What do you have to loose? Even if things don’t work out the way you planned, you can’t really lose because you gain so much in the process. And at best you get to live the life you desire and surely that’s worth it!
Dare to dream and to be bold
Dare to tell the stories untold
Dare to be who you are
And glisten up there amongst the stars…
Be Blessed, Stay Beautiful