I know, I know, this title sounds incredibly cliché. But hear me out okay? There's a reason I'm talking about this subject of following your dreams.
The past few months I've had quite some people tell me that they find me an inspiration or that they admire me. After denying all this and being a flustered mess, I ask them why. Their reason is always the same "you do all this cool stuff and have so many projects going on".
This intrigued me, because I never feel like I'm getting much done. Heck, I have no idea what I'm doing half of the time. But it really got me thinking.. How come that there is such a difference between how I see the things I do and how others see it? I think it didn't take me long to figure out what the difference was.
People always talk about them wanting to do things in the future. "Oh, I really wanna get singing classes again" or "I would love to start my own webshop". And then they never do it. I'm impulsive. Always have been. If I want to do something, I want to do it now. It has gotten me in a lot of trouble, but it has also given me a lot of nice opportunities. And that brings me back to the title of this post: why wait? Do it now.
I wanted my own webshop, so I started that last year. It's going slow, but I enjoy it and there is progress visible. I learn from it too, and I can use that for the future.
A few months ago I said to myself that I wanted to give acting another shot. I have never really had many classes but acting is something that I enjoy, despite my anxiety. So in the past two months I've had several auditions, one role as a featured extra, and one small role in a student production. It's not much, but my goal isn't to be famous anyway. i just wanna get some acting experience, is all.
I said I wanna write a poetry book, so I've set the goal for myself to write a poetry book in 2018. I don't know if I will be able to publish it, but at least I would have written it.
Sometimes dreams seem impossible to reach because you would need certain things such as money and time. But there is always a way to make at least part of it come true. Want to run the Boston marathon but don't have enough money to fly there from where you are now? Start training. Start saving up. Don't put that on the shelf. If you really want it, work for it.
Want to become a famous painter but you don't have the time to paint that often? Put things aside to make time. Even if you spend one hour a week painting, it'll be a step forward to reaching your goal. You don't have to change your entire life around to reach your goals, as some things can be combined with your current life. But the important thing is to not dismiss things you really want.
So I guess that's what I'm doing now. I wanna make my dreams come true. I wanna have things I can work towards and things that I can just put some time and effort in. And if someone finds that inspirational then that's fine by me. But to me it's only a logical thing. I have so many things I wanna do and I don't wanna wait until it's too late. I wanna show the world what I have to offer, even if the world isn't looking in my direction. I'm doing this for me, and no one else. I hope others will do the same.