Do What You Love, or What You Must?

One of the greatest speakers, Les Brown, said something to the effect: keep working at what you love.

How many of us do that?

Life gets in the way of dreams. We need a job to earn our keep, support our family; and that particular job doesn’t always align with what we truly love to do. We take the job and enter a mind-numbing daily routine. Live for the weekend. For vacations. For retirement.

We spend our time wishing our life away, so we can retire.

What about the dream?

Les Brown also said that our dream in its unique form was given to us, not anyone else. Sure, many people love to paint, dance, write. But no one else in this world has that exact unique mind-set that makes our dreams and goals ours alone to bring to life.

Les Brown quotes about motivation in life

I love to write.

My dream would be to write often, or as often as possible. But dream and reality don’t always coexist.

Still, I’m stubborned. I try carving out time for writing every day. If not actual writing, at least something related, such as editing, or reading, or learning something new about writing in all its forms.

We need to set side time for our dream, or what’s the point?

Taking care of family is one of the points. We do that everyday. We meet out obligations.

But if we don’t carve out time for our dream, something inside us dies every day. Day after day.

One day, we’ll wake up and wonder what happened. Here we are opening our eyes to a new day, able to take in oxygen, move about, talk. Yet, we feel dead inside. Because we let a part of us go. Or maybe the process is gradual. Each day we die inside a little more.

Don’t let go of your dream, dear friend.

Whatever it is.

Say it with me, a constant reminder.

I won’t let go of my dream.

We have to program ourselves, or life will program us.

After a longer than usual time of stagnation, I am reclaiming my dream by releasing a book a five short stories. A quick read. It can be read in one evening, or set aside for bits of enjoyment (I hope) over several evenings. It’s titled START AGAIN. Cover reveal and more behind each story coming up next week.

I won’t let go of my dream.

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8 responses to “Do What You Love, or What You Must?

  1. Mary Aalgaard

    Yay! Congratulations. I’ll get a copy. I can’t wait to read your stories.

  2. You are so, so right, Silvia. At nearly 80, I can relate. I have at least published some books, finally, yet late in life; but I have more near ready to publish and I just can’t seem to get to them — busy helping others and mired in quotidian details. Much as I love writing, I find it still takes a steel resolve to wave others away and to attend to it every day. I look forward to reading your stories! 😊 –Carol

  3. Congratulations, Sylvia! Family does tend to impair the creative process – but eventually the children grow up and leave home and you retire – to working on your dream full time!

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