I want it all! I don’t want to sell my car that I love so much in order to afford what is part of my dream – namely a Volkswagen van. I don’t want to have to choose. Or make any hard decisions. Or give something up in order to get something else. I don’t want to have to make sacrifices.
But I have a dream. A calling. Things to do. Places to visit. People to inspire. I’ve tried to put it to sleep, I’ve tried to ignore it, I’ve tried my hardest. But it keeps coming back. That voice inside of me that tells me ‘This is what you are supposed to do.’ I’m scared. Fear tells me to settle, that I don’t have what it takes and to ignore that other voice. Fear is trying to hold me down.
It’s like a tug-a-war of emotions but as Jon Acuff says: “Fear only gets LOUD when you do things that matters” and let me tell you, it’s LOUD! It’s up to me to fight the fear. Slap it in the face. Kick it to the curb and show fear who’s going to win. It’s up to me to keep fighting. Make sacrifices. Work hard. Get up when I fall. Lean in and get support from my friends when I need it.
I don’t have a choice. Settling is not a choice. Giving up is not a choice. Because I don’t want to wake up down the road wishing I had followed that voice telling me to pursue my dream. I don’t want to wake up feeling I’m living a great life. I want to wake up feeling I’m living the life I was supposed to live. An awesome life!
So if you’re going through similar feelings as you are starting to pursue your dream or thinking of it, know you are not alone. Going through the motions of an average life is easy. Going against the stream pursuing and living your life doing what matters requires guts and sacrifice. And when fear speaks loud, kick it hard, lean in and find things that inspires you and reminds you to keep going, like this video.
So yes, pursuing your dream takes sacrifice. But wouldn’t your rather live your life doing what matters?
Lynn Long says
It is hard, but it is so worth it. I made the choice seven years ago to quit living the “easy life” and follow my dream. It hasn’t always been easy. There have been trials, sacrifice, loss. But I have gained so much more. I don’t dread weekday mornings any more. I wake up happy every day and feel fulfilled. I know I’m on the right path, and that has made all the work worth it. 🙂
I love that you choose living your life instead of just accepting what you had. It’s hard to make a change but like you said, it’s worth it. My life is great but I want it to be awesome. Keep inspiring me and others.
Eric C Swanson says
Great post. You accomplished one of your goals of inspiring someone. This rang true with me. Awesome job.
Thank you! If my post inspired just one person it was worth writing. Reading that totally made my day! Love that it rang true to you. Keep plugging away at your dream my friend, inch by inch. Can’t wait to see where it leads you 🙂
Tammy Helfrich says
LOVE this! I’m so proud of you for recognizing that the fear is trying to stop you from doing what truly matters. Keep moving forward, friend! Excited for you!
Thanks Tammy! And thanks for being such a big inspiration to me and others. 2014 will be an exciting time for both of us. Excited for you too!
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