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28 May 2009

Dreaming Grandly

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Dreams are essential to who we are. They are something uniquely human and drive us to plan and push and fight to attain higher goals. Dreams often provide many clues toward our mission in life, guiding us toward the path that we instinctively feel we should be following.

"Follow your dreams" has been so overused that it has become a cliché, though its mere existence perhaps proves that dreaming and hoping are an essential and forever part of humanity. We all have dreams, we all wish to fulfill them, and we all (hopefully) encourage others to follow their dreams, too.

However, occasionally it happens that those closest to us, whatever good intentions they might have, do not believe in us, support us, or trust that we will find our way. How can we disregard advice given us by those we love most and take off on a 'crazy' journey led by our hearts?

The world provides us with so many opportunities, but society expects normalcy, rigidity, and a tried-and-true Formula for our lives. How difficult it is to break away from that and live where our passion lies!

I wish I could say that I am breaking free of these bonds without fear, without hesitation, and without regret, but nothing could be further from the truth. Following one's heart is terrifying; trusting oneself implicitly and following the path that only we can see requires bravery beyond measure.

Take my hand, friend, and I will take yours, and we will face the World together.
We deserve that happiness.

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