Chase The Dream

Chase The Dream

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Everybody has a childhood dream. That being said, how many of us actually stick with and fulfill those dreams? As we get older, reality sets in that we probably aren’t going to be a princess or president. (My personal dream was to be a nail technician). Sometimes we even have realistic dreams but they get crushed by someone. Why is it that we let other people dictate our dreams and aspirations? Of course, we need to be realistic with ourselves and be responsible with decisions, but we also need to be happy. Dreams can be anything we want them to be: to be a mom, to move across the world, to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. No matter what the dream, everyone’s purpose is unique to them and every dream matters.

I once read a book that discussed dreams and it changed my life. My favorite part talked about how if your dream is meant to be you’ll know because you can’t let it go. “Sometimes we may bury that calling for a season or try to walk away. But in the quiet moments, it keeps coming back. It pulls at us and demands our attention.” The decision to chase my dreams was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I spent three years going after something I wasn’t meant for and it ate me alive. To be completely honest I didn’t even really know what my dream was. I just knew 100% what I was chasing after at the time was not for me. So I started searching. I did every kind of test possible: from personality assessments to strengths/skills, and everything in between. Once I finally realized what I wanted, I was relieved but still scared to chase my dreams. What would people say? What if it’s too hard? What if I fail? What if my dream isn’t really my dream? What if these feelings are just temporary? Let me tell you - since the day I said yes to whatever this dream throws at me, I have had an overwhelming sense of peace. I have no idea what my future holds but I know I’m on the right path. Has it been easy? No. Have all of my supporters been on board since day one? No. Have I had to make sacrifices? Of course, but I know in the end it’ll all be worth it.

If you feel lost and have no clue what your dream or purpose is that’s okay. If your dreams change along the way that’s okay. I was recently told, “Your time is never as cheap as it is now.” Explore your options. Try different things. Worst case scenario, you don’t like it and you try something new. Best case scenario, you discover your purpose. Whatever you try, stay true to yourself. Don’t chase a dream that isn’t yours. A dream doesn’t have to be some crazy plan you only see in movies. Your dream is unique to you and that’s important to remember. Do what makes you happy and fulfilled.

Everyone dreams about how their future will be. Especially as young adults, we think about how good things will be once we get through this stage of life…..getting a big house, a nice car, or a cute dog, and not eating frozen dinners or ramen every day. But why do those things just have to be dreams? My dad always told me “If you want something you gotta work for it.” That family-owned restaurant, best-selling novel or thousand-acre ranch won’t come easy, but it’ll be worth it. But I will warn you, don’t have false hope. Your dream won’t occur like a Hallmark movie. There will be setbacks and obstacles you have to overcome, but getting through those hard times just makes you stronger. At the end of it all, you can look back and be proud of yourself.

I encourage you to chase your dreams. Don’t compare your dream or journey to others because everyone is unique and has their own passions. Don’t let others dictate your happiness. After all, it’s your dream, not theirs. If your supporters really care about you, they will come around. You only have one life to live, so why not chase your dreams? Who knows, it might be better than you ever imagined!

P.S. if you’re struggling with your dreams check out “You’re Made for a God-sized Dream” by Holley Gerth. It’ll rock your world!!!

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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