Most of us were told when we were small that we could be anything that we dreamed. The world was so big. The potential was unlimited. However, we were never given a road map on how to get there.
Then as we got older we began to experience the crushing weight of bills and expenses, compiled with the emotional toll of others expectations of success. We couldn’t help but feel we had to compromise our dreams in order to be able to survive, have a family and generate a stable income. It didn’t take long for those initial dreams to be considered whimsical childhood fantasies.
But did you ever stop and wonder if you made the correct choice? Are our dreams, that are so deeply buried beneath the surface, still achievable?
Life has a way of convincing us that our dreams are not achievable or acceptable. So our natural reaction is to shut down and deny ourselves the very thing that we truly want.
As years go by, our desires change, but our belief that we can achieve our desires become less and less. We begin to want more and more things. But back down quickly when it seems they are not within our grasp.
Some of us turn to addictions like drugs or alcohol. Numerous scientific studies have shown that scrolling IG or TicToc produces a very short dopamine hit that is similar to drug addictions. All of this is extremely short-lived and not sustainable. But these are just examples of the lengths we go through to produce a semblance of joy and happiness within our lives.
These methods keep us distracted enough to prevent us from asking the ultimate question: Is this all there is to life?
I have spent decades asking myself these same questions and do not pretend to know all the answers. However, one of the cornerstones in my practice is to rethink my beliefs. This is probably the most important lesson that has helped me achieve my goals. When I open myself to different ideas, especially when I feel a strong reaction, I never stop learning. I can only hope you will open yourself to mine as well.
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