Lately, I have been thinking and reading a lot about envisioning your success and do what is your calling. Something that has been very motivating to me in this quest are the following two quotes. First is from the longest serving First Lady of the United States Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” With her dreams and perseverance, she made great strides for human rights by overseeing the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Second inspirational quote comes for the Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist, Terrance Stanley “Terry” Fox, “I just wish people would realise that anything is possible if you try. Dreams are made if people try.” Just with that thought and his wonderful actions he left the Marathon of Hope as his legacy that to date has raised over $650 million (Canadian) for cancer research.
Sometimes when you speak to people about your dreams, they will deter you from your path, will want to protect you from disappointment, may want you to be practical and tell you maybe how to go about achieving your tasks. They are really trying to be helpful and care for you. However, when you dream, you have to be willing to take a risk and make a change. For all humans, risk and change are very scary concepts. Out of fear and concern, many well wishers may want you to rethink your path as it is not easy and is filled with perils and hurdles.
Nevertheless, these are YOUR dreams. They can be achieved and will require tears, blood, sweat, hard work and steadfastness. It might not be per your timetable and it might not even be how you envisioned it, but this is your dream so you need to live it. According to Merriam-Webster, one of the many definitions of a dream includes “a strongly desired goal or purpose and something that fully satisfies a wish.” So why are we giving up on our goals and something that makes our wishes come true?
Fear and anxiety paralyzes our wonderful quest to continue the travel on our created yellow brick road. We will worry about people’s opinions of us, what will happen, what if we fail and many other considerations. Yet, if this is your purpose in life then shouldn’t you give it at least a try and continue in its pursuit. It is and will be a difficult road but I think in the end it is worth it! Just the self-satisfaction, that you tried will inspire and empower you. Terry Fox further elaborates: “Even if I don’t finish (Marathon of Hope, his dream), we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going without me.”
Think about it this way, your loved ones especially your parents and grandparents had dreams that their children will do better and achieve more than them. They made all the sacrifices to ensure the security of your future and were successful. However, in some cases, they might not have been around to view the fruition of that dream but that did not mean that the aspiration had to stop.
Our ideals and purposes are powerful and have the ability to change many things and people around us for the better. Let’s not give up on these dreams that can make a wonderful difference in this world. Instead, let’s be supportive and helpful so that we are all allowed to dream big and feel that they can be achieved if we just tried. Lets realize the beauty of our dreams so our futures can be bright.
As we approach Earth Day or International Mother Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, let’s make every day earth day and help the environment. Let’s dare to dream to make this earth a better and healthier place for all of us on #EarthDay2015.
Author: Anjali Chudasama