Young Reporter: To dream or not to dream, that's the question...
By Jess Dales
WHAT do people feel just before they skydive? Well I’ve never had the experience, but I’m guessing that it’s mostly fear, the jump just seems so high and they’re not sure if they can do it at all.
That’s what it feels like to follow your dreams, everything’s waiting for you down below but when you look there, it seems way too far away.
Whatever someone’s dream is, it must be something important to them, so important that it seems impossible that they’d not follow it.
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Whether it’s acting, writing, or being a plumber there’s something out there that is your dream life.
But do most people follow theirs, or do they let it fester in their mind as something that will never become their reality?
Are you like the person on a plane ready to dive, but the jump’s too daunting and fear overwhelms every part of you?
There are two things you can do in that case; you can let the fear become a big red stop sign, preventing you from achieving your dream.
Or, arguably the most favourable option, is to jump. Just take the plunge.
In our generation there seems to be a lot stopping us from doing just that, fear isn’t our only stop sign on the journey to our dreams.
But we do have a lot more opportunities for personal growth than other generations before us, but are they harder to come by?
Is getting into that plane in the first place really the hardest part? – Not the jump.
Exam boards seem determined to make sure that our careers are stopped before they even start and the competition for courses and jobs just makes it worse, safe, secure jobs may seem more appealing to the everyday person, even if they aren’t really what you want to do.
You could be really passionate about being an artist for example, but it’s just not plausible to earn enough to live on an artist’s earnings, so you may turn to teaching or being an engineer and forget about your dream in order to live a perfectly normal, maybe sometimes, dull life.
But is it better to be miserable, doing something you don’t really want to be doing than to be living on a waitress’ pay check while desperately trying to make it?
Aren’t the risks what make life worth living? – If you always lived on what was certain, you’d probably do nothing at all.
Everything in life involves some kind of risk, even if you think you’ve taken the safe option, there’s always a chance that it may not work out.
You may get to be a qualified teacher (just because it was secure) only to find out that there aren’t any teaching jobs out there, and that maybe your dream really was the safer option.
You just forgot your own voice, and let everyone else’s down yours out.
One thing that I think stops people from following their dreams sometimes is lack of trying, you can imagine this great possible life in your head but you just don’t know how to make it all happen.
Some people think that if it’s supposed to happen then it will happen no matter how little work you put into it, but most of us can’t afford to think that way.
We have to go out and search for these opportunities ourselves, trust me they’re out there but they won’t all just pop up on your computer screen, you have to look yourself.
Maybe it just takes a little bit of a search on your favourite search engine, and hey presto! That could be the start of achieving your own dream if you try hard enough in it.
I’m not saying that if you just search for opportunities, they’ll automatically happen for you, but isn’t it more likely that you’ll get them if you do search and not just sit at home waiting for things to come straight to you?
So I guess what I’m wondering is; Even though bumps and bruises or maybe a broken limb or two are almost mandatory, should you jump or not?