With a desire to help and inspire people around the world—Ashley currently blogs about life, psychology, purpose, spirituality, and more!
Do you remember when you were younger, and people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? How did you respond to them? Maybe you wanted to be a Doctor, a Paleontologist, a Firefighter, or maybe you even wanted to follow after your parent's career footsteps. However, if someone asked you the same question now, would you have the same response today, as you did when you were ten years old? The chances would be very slim and the reasoning for that is because when we age, our answers evolve.
For example, if I asked you: "If you could do anything in life, what would you do?" Would you know how to answer?
Sometimes we know what we want from a young age, while other times we decide later on, after we figure out what it is-that we are passionate about. That is why it's extremely important to get to know yourself and explore different options in life.
We are always told to follow our dreams, but not many people do. Why is that? A vast majority of it has to do with fear, but also has to do with bills needing to get paid, unexpected things happening, the opinions of others getting in the way, there are a several different factors that play a significant part in this. Regardless of the circumstances, you have every right to be able to do what makes you happy. In this article, I will talk about five of the most important reasons to follow your dreams.
Anybody who tells you to have a fallback plan are people who had a fallback plan, didn't follow their dreams, and don't want you to either.
— John Mayer
1. Living a fulfilled life
Have you met, or know anyone that works a 9-5 job that they absolutely hate? Do those people seem to be excited to wake-up every morning and go to work everyday? Probably not. Doing the things that you are passionate about is essential because that's where happiness lies within. Dreams should be your reason to keep going in life, even when times get difficult. Without dreams, we would be nothing. Take the chance of doing what you love because that's what will make your entire life worthwhile.
2. Adding value to other's
Some of you might be wondering what I mean by this, so let me break it down for you. We as humans are made in the image of God, and one way we show that we love people, is by adding value to them. This can be done in many different ways such as holding a door open for someone, helping an elderly person, giving words of encouragement to someone that is going through a rough time, and can even be done by doing what you are passionate about-simply by sharing what you have learned with other's. There is no better feeling in the world, than to make a positive impact on other's, while doing what you love the most.
3. Personal success
Adding value to other's can also lead to your own personal success. It is known that the more you give in life, the more you'll get. Success doesn't come easy though, if you want to succeed, you have to learn, grow, and pass on what you've learned to other's. Your accomplishments and success will increase your confidence and you will enjoy every ounce of excitement that comes along with doing something you are passionate about. Many people that you encounter in life may consider your dreams "unrealistic" or even "unachievable", but if you remain positive, and don't let the opinions of other's get in the way, you could do really great thing's one day.
Give, and it shall be given unto you.
— Luke 6:38
4. Inspiring others to do the same
When you reach the point of success, other's will begin to notice your accomplishments and hapiness which will inspire them to want to do the same. The number one reason why people don't follow their dreams, is because of the fear of failure. This fear stems from people second guessing themselves on something that they know they can do. The reason why they know they can do it, is because they have already seen the idea or image in their mind. Dreams can become successful if you believe in yourself enough to achieve them.
5. No regrets in the end
Life is extremely short, so why spend your days doing things that make you unhappy, rather than following your dreams, passions, and goals? Let's pretend that this is your last day on earth. Take a look back on your entire life and ask yourself..are you happy and content with everything that you've done in your lifetime, or do you wish that you could have done things differently? It's time that you make a decision; Are you going to live your life full of regrets, or are you going to take the chances and opportunities to become something great?
© 2018 Ashley Marie Riley
Sharifah on October 27, 2019:
Thank you so much
Cecil Kenmill from Osaka, Japan on September 20, 2018:
Important and inspirational information. Thank you for sharing. I would have loved to see an example or maybe even a personal experience of the journey.