When I was a kid, I feel like I wasn’t afraid to dream. I watched way too much E.R. with my mom (need a nostalgic show to binge watch? I would highly recommend), and I constantly told people I was going to become an unparalleled brain surgeon, eventually became famous (because yes, I would be that good, obvi) and go on to become the most renowned doctor in the world. Not to mention, I would fall in love with and marry the also wildly successful surgeon who was my co-worker, naturally.
And when you’re a kid, people love to hear that. They love the excitement painted on your face as you word vomit your crazy dream and they don’t have the heart to tell you that doctors don’t become famous, and it’s incredibly difficult to become a brain surgeon, and insanely expensive and you probably won’t sleep. Or maybe they see the potential because life hasn’t proved you wrong yet.
As you grow up, your dreams start becoming more realistic. People will bring up the mind-boggling cost of the pursuit, they’ll bring up your grades, and they’ll bring up failures. So you adjust your goals, and sometimes your dream merely becomes a fantasy that you think about at your 9-5 desk job.
But, this Thursday post is dedicated to defying the odds and the voices of reason that say you can’t do something, and even if it’s scary, that going after your dreams is one of the most fulfilling adventures you’ll ever embark on. My favorite quote about chasing goals is in a letter by the poet, Charles Bukowski, and reads: “My Dear, Find what you love and let it kill you.” Kinda morbid, but also pretty empowering: the idea that you’d spend your whole life devoted to your obsession (or obsessions) because they make you come alive that much. Read on for some quotes that’ll keep you inspire you to remember that even your craziest pursuits are never too far out of reach.