Published on Sunday, 07 July 2013 00:00
We all had an idea of what we wanted to be, what we wanted to do, and what we wanted to achieve when we were younger. Are you already where you want to be, are you working towards it, or have you lost sight?
When I was younger, I wanted to be a secret agent. I wanted to wear slinky, leather cat-suits and slide around in vents. I wanted to agilely leap from buildings while firing guns in mid-air and parachute down to safety. I wanted cool gadgets like a disintegrating-ray gun or exploding throwing knives. Mission impossible femme fatale style. I still want to be a sexy secret agent but obviously that dream cannot be fulfilled because one thing about secret organizations is that they are a secret. Even if I wanted to apply, where would I send my secret resume to?
I knew from the get-go that my dream to be a secret agent would be... mission impossible. So I thought about the next best thing I would love to do. Since I absolutely enjoyed slurping up the skins of chicken, I decided to become a professional chicken-skin eater! My favorite type of chicken skin was from KFC’s original chicken. I wanted to work there so that I could peel off the skin from all the chicken pieces and gobble them up. But sadly, I realized that customers typically don’t like being served chicken pieces with mysteriously vanishing skin. So that dream was a bust too.
With two future career choices being incredibly unrealistic and unachievable, I focused on the third best thing I loved. And that is writing. I honed my writing skills; I devoured books like how Galactus devours worlds, I took in all the different writing styles of various authors and developed my own. I wrote short stories in my own free time and passed them around for my primary school classmates to read, which they loved.
I persevered in what I enjoyed doing the most and my perseverance paid off when I was offered a job as a writer amongst other duties. I love my job, but my dream does not end there. Of course not. I am constantly creating new goals for myself every time I reach one, always pushing myself to be the best that I can. The goal I am currently working on right now is to have myself and my company prominently established in the magazine world, and it’s making good progress so far.
No matter what stage of your life you are in right now, regardless of whether you are still working towards your goals or you have already achieved them, give yourself a pat on the back. Well done, you! You made it this far in life, it counts for something. But your journey should not end here. Since you have made it this far, you can make it farther.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
Always create new goals and dreams for yourself. Your potential for achievement is limitless if you believe in it. Don’t be daunted by the hardship. Hardship should be welcomed and encouraged, because it’s only when the going gets tough that you know the dream you are working towards to is on the near horizon.
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau
So next time you feel like giving up, sit back, relax and just take a breather. Ask yourself if you really want to see all your hard work crumbling down into dust when you are so close to your goal. You put in so much effort; all that sweat, determination and perseverance. Is it really worth it if it all went to waste because you had one short moment of human weakness? Get back into the fight and don’t lose sight.