Does Following Your Dream Suck?
“Izzy, that sounds really hard”
“I don’t know… that’s pretty hard”
“blah blah blah blah HARD!”
Turns out everyone seems to believe it is hard to become a ninja and make money doing it. In fact, many people have been kind enough to inform me that it will be “REALLY hard!”
Can you believe that!? That sounds ridiculous! You and I know otherwise! Let’s go through a quick summary of my life… This will disprove all the naysayers:
My Life Summary
1. I want to be a ninja.
2. I live in a foreign country and I can’t speak the native language.
3. I am going to move to Kyoto (a big city), train in martial arts full time, and find creative ways to make money.
… Wait, this isn’t right. That doesn’t sound easy…
That sounds hard…
I thought if I moved to a foreign country, quit my job, and then started to follow my dream it was all flowers and roses.
WELL THIS IS JUST TOTAL BS!
I have been duped, deceived, denied! Where is the justice!?
Okay, I lied
okay, I lied. Let me tell you what I really think when people say “it’s gonna be hard”:
Thank you Captain Obvious. How about you help me with a few other things with your insightful advice: how do I spell my name? What color is white? What happens if I stop breathing for 5 days?
By last count I have been told “It will be hard” approximatelly 48,597 times. That is a lot of times! I really don’t understand why people tell me this. Maybe it is because they think I am the dumbest person in the universe. I will not deny I may have an unfortante habit of doing stupid things on a consistent basis…
But, I can confidently say “I am not the stupidest person in the universe!” How do I know such a thing? Well, when I was in 1st grade one of my fellow classmates ate glue… all the time. You have to be pretty stupid to eat glue. I don’t eat glue. There is no way that I am stupider than the glue eater. Hence, I am not the stupidest person in the universe.
Of course it is hard
I would have to be completely inept to believe it would be easy to move to a foriegn country, try to become a ninja, and to make money doing it. Why does this even matter?
I feel like people throw out the “hard” word like this is a bad thing. Hard isn’t bad, it isn’t even good, it is insanely AWESOME!
Uh oh, have I lost you? Are you starting to head back to the “Izzy’s the stupidest person in the universe” camp?
Just give me your ear for a moment. Hard is awesome! Insanely hard is SUPER AWESOME! Why? If it was easy to follow a dream everyone would do it. If it was easy I wouldn’t learn anything in this process. If it was easy, there would be no sense of adventure.
Hard is beautiful because it makes everything exciting. Yes, I might fail. I might even fail epically . I might lose every dollar to my name, I might hit my mid 30s realize I can’t do it and then feel like a massive failure.
… But I might not…
What if I succeed? What if I can actually find a way to make money doing this? What if I can follow my passion and dreams and wake up every single day to live it.
One Without The Other Doesn’t exist
I do not believe it is possible to follow my dreams and passions without difficulty. They go hand and hand. If I want to live a life of mediocrity that is easy. I’ll move back to America, take the first job I can find, immediatelly apply to grad school without thinking if I care about the subject matter, then constantly impress my friends with my new fancy degree… all while feeling bored out of my mind!
If I want mediocrity then all I need to do is follow someone elses path for success.
Following your passion is ALWAYS going to be more difficult. Why? because it is ambiguous, it isn’t clear. Nobody, and I do mean nobody, can tell you what your passion or dreams are. Yes, they can help you, but only you can answer that question. Even once you discover it you are likely to face some crazy barriers you never expected.
It is hard, it always will be hard. So F’ing what!
What do you think? Does a dream always have to be hard? Am I being “overly dramatic”? Do you know of anyone who has chased a dream and said it was easy? Has it been easy for you? Am I the stupidest person in the universe?
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