To have a vision is to have purpose. Without any purpose in your life, then what’s the point? So many people lose track of what their purpose is. Everybody has had a dream at some point in their life, but most disregard it as childhood fantasy. When you ask, “What happened?” people often respond, “Life!”. I say, these people have the wrong perspective.
I don’t believe, as humans, we were put here to exist as though life was inflicted upon us. At some point we have made a choice which has landed us in the position we find ourselves. We force ourselves into the mundane because it has become culture to conform to society. If we don’t fit in with the structure, then we are viewed as strange, or childish. If you don’t work a regular 9 to 5 job, “It’s time to grow up!”
I am in the position of being a Taekwon-Do and self-defense instructor by profession. Why? Besides the fact that I love it, it is a necessity for me in order to fulfill my vision of the future. I know where I am going and I know the steps I need to take in order to get there. Come hell or high water, there is nothing that will sway me from my path. I have often been told to “grow up” and to “do something else more professional”. Of course, at times I am influenced and start to doubt myself, but I always shake it off and come back to my senses. People think that they are looking out for my best interests, but killing someone’s dream is no way to be a friend! Just because we don’t understand another person’s dream, doesn’t give us the right to deter them from it. We need to understand that in this diverse world we all have our own interests and path to follow.
There are so many that are happy to fall into the rat race, because, “that’s life”. What they don’t realize is that they are working very hard to fulfill somebody else’s destiny. People become the cog that turns the wheel – people living to fulfill other people’s dreams. We should want to live the dream, not create someone else’s. This doesn’t mean leave your day job; it just means have a focus beyond the here and now.
When I tell people I am a martial arts instructor, some will say, “You’re so lucky! You get to do what you enjoy! What else do you do besides that?” I always laugh. Firstly, it had nothing to do with luck. It was a choice that has taken a lot of hard work and commitment. And why do you presume that I have to do something else in addition? I am one of the only people I know that has never minded going to “work”. Because to me it’s not work! It’s what I was born to do and it keeps me on a clear path to the vision of my future. It has not always been easy, but it is something I would never change.
Every person should have a vision of their future. Realizing our vision may entail a bit of discomfort and hard work, but if you are sure about what you are aiming to achieve, it should be a burden that you are pleased to carry for a time. For most, when this discomfort sets in, they would rather kill their dream and give up rather than pushing through. They focus too much on what is right in front of them instead of what lies ahead.
We should all have our own vision of the future. Ensure that vision is of your own making. Some may picture being family men, others of being business tycoons. Don’t get caught up in “life” on the way to realizing you dreams. There is nothing sadder than a dead dream!
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams