“You are afraid to die, and you’re afraid to live. What a way to exist.”
– Neale Donald Walsch
I would say that chasing your dreams is the true meaning of life. Everyone has dreams. Everyone does dream. A noble dream is one where you serve the greater good of humanity and other life forms on Earth, while making great changes. An unrealistic dreamer is someone that dreams of doing things that are nigh on impossible. But a dream is a very normal thing to have, even though most people choose to dismiss them and think that they will never come true.
I understand when you have to put your dreams on hold. That is fine. Sometimes life gets in the way and there is nothing much you can do to fight it. What you don’t want to do though, is fall into the trap of leaving your dream on the shelf. When you let go of your dream, it is gone. There is no going back.
To have a true appreciation of the fragility of life, I believe one must witness someone close to them dying or have a near death experience. Then you will realize that the things that you once thought were important, are no longer. Things like having a nice car, a nice house and a high roller’s credit card become secondary. Now I’m not saying those things aren’t important, they are very nice to have but it doesn’t really make sense when you don’t actually have the time or health to enjoy them.
Taking an anecdote from an economics lecturer I had in university: he had friend who was a top surgeon in India. He owned a large mansion and had even had the taps and toilet seat plated in gold.
He asked, “Why do you do this? What’s with all this gold?”
“Well when I retire, I can use and enjoy it,” he replied.
With his hectic schedule as a surgeon, he wasn’t home very often. And when he was, it was never for long.
“And one week later, he had a heart attack and died.”
I don’t want to sound like a pessimist here, but you’re going to die. I’m going to die. We’re all going to die.
A lot of time, people keep telling themselves that they’ll do it later. I’m no rocket scientist, but I am pretty sure that when you’re dead, you cannot do some things later. Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, there is a limit to how long your soul can stay inside your physical body.
Hope is the only thing that you, yourself can extinguish:
“Here’s the truth; the plausibility of impossibility only becomes a probability with the disappearance of faith. The world can take many things from you, but your faith is not one of them. Only you can surrender your faith. Never lose hope.”
When you have no money, you wish for it. You pray for it. If you had just come to the conclusion that you would never have any money, then what exactly is the point of living? You give up.
J.K. Rowling was rejected at least 12 times for Harry Potter before someone actually said yes. She knew she was onto something good, and was determined to make it happen. At that point, she felt that she had nothing more to lose as a single, unemployed mother. She was right. Nothing more could be taken from her and she had everything to gain. At least she was brave enough to try.
Dreams pass us by because we are scared. We are afraid to be dreamers. We want to achieve, yet we don’t want to lose. We procrastinate what is really important to us and trade them for things that don’t really matter. Our greatest obstacles to our own dreams are ourselves.