Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pursuing a Dream

As I write this it is 2:36 in the am. I find I am not ready for sleep. This happens many times after a show. The adrenaline is rushing and it takes while to get rid of the excess. And before you say anything, I could just not do shows, that defeats the purpose of moving in the direction of my dreams. You see I believe that to pursue a dream you must move in a direction that is compatible with where you want to go.

While you are on that path, you will hear many who will tell you it is a pipe dream, you cannot possibly achieve that. You will also have those who will tell you anything is possible. It is up to you to take what is best of both and move onward.

Many of my acting students say they want to go to New York or LA. I encourage them to try. Some will succeed, some will not. It is not about fame or fortune. It is about finding the peace that comes from trying. One went out to LA, then came home. The reason, the town was too big, they were a small town person. That is not failure. That is success. You see, if they had not tried then the rest of their lives the question would have been 'what if?'. Now they know. Others have gone on and stayed. They are doing what they love.

If someone tells you that your dream is ridiculous, don't listen. Follow you heart and your desire. The only failure in pursuing a dream is not pursuing your dream. If you continue on in the direction you want to go, stop to listen for course changes and then trust, you will be on your way and probably very happy in the end.


Lori O. said...

You are a wise woman indeed. These are words to live by. Thank you!
Lori O.

Eunice Boeve said...

How true! A line from Longfellow's Village Blacksmith popped into my head as I read your post. Toiling-rejoicing-sorrowing, Onward through life he goes; Each morning see some task begin, Each evening see it close; Something attempted, something done, Has earned a night's repose. Something attempted, (tried). Something done. (Even if it's only to know you don't want to pursue it.) Good post, Doris

Heidiwriter said...

"The only failure in pursuing a dream is not pursuing your dream."

Well said,and absolutely true! One of my dreams (Cowgirl Dreams)came true after pursuing it for 10 years!!