Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls; Please Stick to the Rivers and the Lakes That You're Used To!

Updated on April 8, 2020
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Writing is my passion. I have an undying thirst and quest in the field of writing. Some eat, drink or use drugs when stressed; I write.


“Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” is words of warning from a TLC song. It explains how one should not randomly chase dreams recklessly and impulsively, taking a risk without first considering how things will end.

The words of the songs give a sweet musical tribute to chasing a dream. It tells people not to chase after what may seem good, but in reality, it is impossible to obtain.

One should work hard, avoid taking the easy route of selling drugs for the money which is chasing waterfalls. One must learn to appreciate their career, although every assignment may not be their dream job. It’s all about finding what you like and appreciating it. You should focus on the interests that will bring about happiness and don’t chase after unrealistic “better” things.

I agree with the expression. “Don’t go chasing waterfalls”, but I disagree with the words, “Please stick to the river, and the lakes you’re used to.” The reason being, these words are applying that one should be content with whatever they have, be afraid to branch out; don’t strive to be a better version of yourself.

Life is all about taking a risk, sometimes, you have to take a chance to get out of life what you deserve. The wealthy became rich from taking risks.

I will admit there’s nothing wrong with experiencing life’s adventures, I say, it can be like running a marathon, but don’t blindly compete; become familiar with the starting line. And take pleasure in running through life, enjoying the adventure one day at a time, also be determined to finish.

If you are a person who knows what it’s like to be broke and struggling when an opening presents itself to you as an opportunity, will you know whether to open the door or allow it to remain closed?

Just because a situation is present to you as an opportunity, and it looks appealing, doesn’t mean it is the chance of a lifetime. How would you know if it’s an opportunity, or if you are chasing a waterfall?

From my experience, when an opportunity is presented, if you get the impression it too good to be true, it normally is. I learned from several mistakes. It’s essential to listen to your heart and feelings as your deepest intuitions know best.

Words of wisdom share opportunity only knock once, and then it becomes a choice to open the door or a decision to ignore it.

Although, you know what you want doesn’t mean it’s a guaranteed way to pursue your dream. Before you open your door, it’s best to know if the opportunity is worth pursuing. And creating a plan will not fulfill your purpose. When you walk the path to fulfilling your purpose, chances are conflicts will arrive.


While trying to complete a vision, time is a very costly resource. That’s why it is essential you don’t waste your time chasing waterfalls. When you are presented with a clear path toward a goal in most cases, conflict arrives when you are so close to living in alignment with your vision, reaching your highest values and meeting the deadlines.

Since time isn’t your greatest source in the more precise, you must determine the stability of your measurement process. Take into consideration the fact that to waste any of your time when you are vision-driven is such a waste of time, and is like chasing waterfalls. From the waste of energy and time, it can leave you feeling hurt and in much pain.

An example of how conflict can unexpectedly arrive. Two years ago, I was offered a high-paying position to write lesson plans for school students. I accept and was so excited about writing the project, but my motivation was all wrong. I was primarily interested in writing for the money. Not because I believed in writing content that could help children, and what I believe in toward education.

For that reason, writing the lesson plans went wrong and was a big flop. Thank goodness, they gave me a second chance. It took me a week to modify the lesson plan, which made the experience less painful for me. It was necessary to assess and correct the logic behind the flop. I had to make sure the student can reach the goal of the lesson and they are more enjoyable and productive for the students.

I learn to consider it for the opportunity it was and believe in the purpose, put forward the effort to not only write the lesson plans but also make sure it assists the students using it. Plus, it was a “great” opportunity. Why waste it?

So often in life, many chase countless things and people that defeat their purpose without considering the consequences. The purpose of life should be to seek the significance of each day, seek to find love, learning acceptance, when to let go, to have integrity and live a meaningful life. To prevent chasing waterfalls, know which dreams to follow and what allusions to let go of.

Unfortunately, too many people chase financial success, which can result in a loss of self. A pecuniary success is a persuasive motivator. And although every human life is built on something. Monetary success is taken of dominating, controlling and destroying many lives. It is from the unknown, taking a risk that can come with searching and chasing waterfalls.

To get wealth and fame, financial success will choose and control your professions and dictates all your time, eliminate your energy, and move you away from any support. It will affect and ruin relationships, comes with busy schedules, and destroys families. To some, it even becomes an all-consuming passion that leaves the individual involved a defective person.

“There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

In a situation ruled by following financial success, a person can never get enough of pursuing what they think they want and need to bring about happiness. Besides, we are placed in a complicated world. The society is good at bringing about confusion and misunderstanding in the same way as chasing waterfalls.

When some people think of fiscal success, they measured it in terms of budgetary income. Although a good deal of might not know it, chasing pecuniary success is a poor judgment toward gaining success. It ebbs and can mess up the flow of the most astonishing person’s life. Seeking financial success usually means you seek to earn more income; it comes with more stress and increases complications. And over the years, it amounts to unhealthy pursuits.

Something ambiguous is unclear or questionable, like chasing waterfalls. Chasing waterfalls will leave you wondering, how did I get in this situation, and why didn't I succeed.

Unless a person is ambivalent about something, he or she can say I'll take it or leave it. People chasing waterfalls don't realize. They are chasing after things, out of their reach that will cause them to self-destruct.

“Waterfalls” is a song that was so masterfully echoed by a group named “TLC.” It was written by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Marqueze Etheridge and Organized None. The song was written for TLC's second 1994 albums CrazySexyCool. “TLC” released waterfalls on May 29, 1995. It was a chart-topper, and an international hit that spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1996, “Waterfalls” was nominated and earned two Grammy. It was named as the record of the year and won in the category of Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

When TLC sings the song, “Waterfalls” they want people to believe in it in the concept, it is – a kid getting killed selling drugs, and a guy contracting HIV when Aids was at its epidemic. From an interview, TLC shared, "They want people to see how drugs and unsafe sex are chasing “Waterfalls.” It’s like going down the wrong path, chasing the wrong things.

Research shows “TLC” shared. Clive Davis turned them down because he didn’t like “Waterfalls and he felt the song didn’t have what it take for people to want to bump to the beat.

“TLC” believed in “Waterfalls” so much that they talk with Reid, who ran the LaFace label. They present him with a speech with a poster that said. “Please believe in us, we’ll make the best video Ever.” He loved the presentation, went against Clive Davis order, put up the money and moves forward with “Waterfalls and it paid off Dearly. “Waterfalls” is a song that still has meant over 25 years later.

Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls!

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TLC - Waterfalls (Official Video)

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