Don't Wait to Chase Your Dream

We all remember the song from Tangled Rapunzel sings about her dream of watching the floating lanterns on her birthday. From the princess to the ruffians and even to Flynn Rider, they had a dream. Dreams are important to have. They are our motivation to get up on that Monday morning when your alarm forgets to wake you up, your car won't start, and the coffee has run dry.  Don't let set backs and Monday mornings stop you from chasing your dream. Dreams, passions, and your future are worth chasing after. What do you have to lose if you chase your dream?

Don't Wait Before it's Too Late

Why are you waiting? For me, I wasn't confident in my abilities to follow my passion. I let what other people think to determine what I was going to do with my life and lost confidence in myself. She gave me some good advice that I want to share with you. There will be people who will and will not like it. Never let people tell you what you should or should not be. That's for you to decide. Be true to yourself and follow that passion wherever it takes you.Maybe you don't even know what your dream is yet. In college, I didn't have a clue what my dream was. I knew I liked school, kids, English, and writing. What did these things have in common? I went to college as an Elementary teacher. Little kids are easy. It'll be cake to teach them. Only a specially gifted person with lots of patience can teach little kids.  I started working at a middle school in my hometown and fell in love with it. After several detours and a couple of set backs, I found my passion was to teach kids writing and reading.

Take Charge of Your Life

That job won't come on its own. Build a resume and put your job application out there. If you are offered an interview, wear something sharp, and make sure you look your best. Dress to impress. Research, the company. Find out what people who have worked there say about it and see what they are all about. Write down some questions you have for the interview. It's ok to ask a lot of questions. An employer would want you to ask and not just assume. If your interview doesn't go well or you just have a bad feeling about it, then don't take the job. Remember an interview isn't accepting the job, it's merely taking a sneak peek.  Taking risks is a part of life. Whether you are scared, shy, or lack confidence, putting yourself out, there is part taking charge of your life.

If You Fail, Get Back Up, Brush Yourself Off, & Try Again

Life is about making mistakes. Two mistakes I made in college were my grades and my friends. I didn't take my degree seriously in college. Remembering the answers will be a snap. When in doubt, choose C right?  Wrong!  My grades suffered because I didn't study hard enough. Fortunately, I get a second chance. Buckling down wasn't easy, but I learned from my mistakes and did better on my tests.I didn't always choose the best of friends. They weren't bad friends. They just like to do very childish things. I too started acting immature and forgot part of myself. I turned into a person I had no desire being. I messed up; you will mess up; this is how we learn. Learning from our mistakes is how we grow. Growth can be hard and uncomfortable. Like a gardener prunes a rose-bush, mistakes prune the thorns and dead branches away from our lives. That way we can blossom into something beautiful and useful. Don't worry about failing and making mistakes. Brush yourself off and try again.

Your Dreams, Passions, & Future

Following your dream can be hard, but it will be worth it in the end. Thomas Edison had a dream to create the incandescent lightbulb. He tried and failed over and over again. In the end, he stuck to his dream and passion and created the lightbulb. When asked why he didn't get up after he failed, Thomas Edison said "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Whether it's becoming a teacher, musician, an actor, or writer, follow your dream and make it into a reality. Trust me. You will thank yourself later that you did.SaveSave