It’s no secret that we pursue our dreams with a different mindset than we go about everyday life with. Sometimes, we pursue these dreams with blind optimism, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing by any means. However, if you’re at the beginning of setting out to make your dreams come true, it’s important to recognize some of the harsher realities as well.
You’ll miss out on things. It’s unavoidable. Pursuing your dreams requires the kind of dedication that you may not be able to put on hold for events, celebrations, or socializing. And the truth is, people may not understand, especially if they don’t understand your dream. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you’d like to have a conversation explaining this to your intimate social circle.
You may neglect yourself. Have you ever gotten so in the zone while working that you accidentally skip lunch? That might be a feeling you become more and more familiar with. You have to work hard to make sure your dreams come true, but also to make sure it doesn’t take a toll on you personally in the process.
You may still search for more. As Dan Pallotta discussed in his TED talk at the 2016 conference, “Our access to information is through the roof. Our access to joy is grounded.” Our tendency to prioritize work over well-being leaves us successful, yet unfulfilled. It’s okay to still look for more, to switch between the work you do and your personal well-being.
It’s okay to look at your dreams through rose-colored glasses. It keeps you from limiting yourself and can lead to amazing, incredible innovations that you didn’t know you were capable of. However, it’s also important to keep stock of reality as well. Understanding what it means to pursue your dreams and knowing the pursuit won’t be easy will make you stronger for the battle ahead.