Following your Dreams

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Following your Dreams

It’s been awhile since I graduated from college, but every now and again I find myself thinking about my experience there. Four years is a good amount of time to devote to something, so it makes sense why I would think about my time at university. It was a part of me for such a long time. Most of the time, I reminisce about my friends and about all of the experiences that we had together during our school days. Some of the moments we had were good, like the time nine of piled into a five seater car and drove across town just to get some cookies. And others were not so good, like the time a security guard caught a bunch of us for trespassing at mental institute. But no matter whether these moments were good or bad, all of them helped to make those four years memorable.

On occasion, experiences that I had in the classroom will also flit across my mind. I was there to learn after all, so it makes sense why I would remember those moments. I definitely spent more time in the classroom and working on assignments for those classes than I did just goofing around. Some of those classes, like American Cultures and Intro to Greek Tragedies, I remember because they were so boring. And others, like social psychology and Contemporary Arica, I remember because they sparked my interest. And because I spent so much time in class, I also remember the people that I met in those classes. For the most part, the students there were fairly typical college students. They were men and women in their early 20’s, and that’s why anyone who didn’t fit that description stood out in my mind. There was woman in particular who I remember vividly. We never talked, and I didn’t know her name, but I recall that she was old enough to be my mother, and I found that to be particularly inspiring.

There are so many people out there who get hung up on what other people might think that they decide to put their dreams on the backburner. They think that others will react negatively to it, and because they’re afraid of the backlash, they decide that they would rather give up on that dream then risk the chance that other people might judge them. That was what this woman faced when she went back to school, but she didn’t let that stop her. She didn’t care that some of her classmates would groan and roll their eyes at her when she asked the professor to explain something that their young minds were able to pick up on the first time. She didn’t care that no one wanted to work with her during group assignments. All she knew was that she had a dream and that she was going to make that dream a reality no matter what people did and said.

When I think back about this woman, I realize that you’re never too old to pursue you dreams. Sure your dreams may change, but when they do, you just have to go after that next one. It’s okay to develop new passions because as we change and grow, our passions will change and grow as well. When you were younger you might’ve wanted to pursue a career in marketing, and so you went for it. But then somewhere down the line you realized that that wasn’t something that you wanted to do anymore. It wasn’t fulfilling you, but because you were too afraid to start over you decided to stick with it. Well, I’m here to tell you positive thinker that you’re never too old to start over. Starting over isn’t tragic. It can be scary, yes, but it’s definitely not something to be ashamed of. I know it’s really cliché, but life is short. And because life is so short, you should make the best of it. You’re not doing yourself any favors by doing something that makes you unhappy, so why not change it? Do that thing that will make you happy, even if you think it’s intimidating. When the end of your life finally comes, you don’t want to look back at it and realize that you could’ve done more to make yourself happy. So, make the changes that you need to take in your life so that when you’re old and grey you can look back and realize that you’re happy with how you decided to live your life.

Positive thinker, don’t give up on your dreams. Being able to follow and pursue your dreams is part of what makes life so great, so get out there and do it!