Once upon a time, not long ago, there was a boy. Let’s call him our hero.
Our hero was young and full of energy. He thought he could do anything he wanted. And why not? He had just started experiencing this thing we all call life.
He was completely mesmerized by the possibilities around him. But sooner or later, he knew he had to decide what he wanted to do with his life. And that was one thing our hero didn’t know at the time.
He had some ideas, but he wasn’t sure whether he wanted to pursue them for the rest of his life. So he did what most of his friends were doing, and ended up getting a college degree. And soon enough, our hero got a decent job.
He worked hard, very hard, and kept getting promoted every year or so. Then one day, he got married and had a son, who actually is going to be our new hero.
So our new hero was born, and boy he grew up fast. He was always the centre of attraction wherever he went. Our new hero, just like his father, was exuberant.
He was young and full of energy. He thought he could do anything he wanted.
And why not? He had just started experiencing this thing we all call life.
He was completely mesmerized by the possibilities around him. But he did something his dad, our old hero, never did much.
Every living moment.
He dreamed of becoming a famous sportsperson. He dreamed of becoming a great writer. He dreamed of performing in front of a huge audience. He dreamed of owning a business empire. He dreamed of being his best at anything he did.
And he didn’t just dream. He kept learning and pursuing those “hobbies” (as our old hero called them) from time to time. But sooner or later, he knew he had to decide what he wanted to do with his life.
Now our new hero knew what he wanted to be, but he didn’t know what to do to be who he wanted to be. I guess there weren’t many dreamers around him. So he went with the safe and sensible decision and did what every single one of his friends was doing.
He got a college degree.
And guess what, he also ended up with a pretty decent job. Just like his dad.
He worked hard, very hard, and got a higher salary every year.
And somewhere along the way, he kept burying all those dreams he had when he was young.
And after 50 years of doing this, he died.
Didn’t like the ending?
I know, the ending is not right. It just doesn’t feel good.
But here’s the best part.
It’s our story, let’s just change the ending.
Because only we can.
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This is so true and it makes me so upset. When people are young they have big dreams, and in the end they let them all go for something reasonable.
Reasonable as in common, I mean. They got told their dream is too big and never going to happen. It tears them down until their dream is a small hobby and they spend their life doing something entirely different.
Totally agree. It makes me angry and sad to see people around me just being helpless to their lives when they can live it the way they want to. But one thing I can assure you, that new hero in our story won’t have that ending. After all, it’s his ending, and he’ll change it
At first I didn’t scroll down all the way so I thought “THE END” really was the end of the post, and the end of the story and I almost burst into desperate tears at the lack of resolution. It made me realize how much I agree with you. I’ve always been a dreamer. I was going to be salutatorian of my graduating class and attend college with a full ride scholarship. But I would’ve been miserable. I want to thrive, not just survive. So I gave all that up to go to school in France instead. People are meant to be fulfilled dreams, not societal norms. We weren’t meant to fit comfortably in boxes. Thank you for telling the truth, brother. Never stop fighting for your dreams. ❤
Very well said. Thrive > Survive. So glad to meet people who resonate with me. Thank you so much for taking time out to read this and to tell your wonderful story!
Most people give up on their dreams when reality bites…..This story is so true!!
And YES, we can change the ending….it’s in our hands….Thanks for sharing, Aakash!
You’re welcome Shipra 🙂
I completely agree with it…..am one of them….who had just dreamt….! 😦 😦 ….a llot…! didn’t know my dreams were gona lead me nowhere…!! 😦
Dreams never lead anyone anywhere, it’s the actions that lead you. Keep on dreaming and working 🙂
Thanks Aakash for the correction..! 🙂 🙂
You are right…