Friday, 4 September 2015

Dreams: Exciting or Unrealistic?

As we are growing up we all start thinking about what we'd like to do or who we'd like to be in the future. This is always a really fun thing to do as we fantasise about where we dream of ending up at the end of the long journey that is life. 

When we are younger this can be huge things such as being a singer or an artist or even a princess, and while the last one may not be something you can work to achieve (or perhaps you can), these are all things as a child we fully believe will happen. We dress ourselves up in the privacy of our bedroom and sing along to our favourite songs in the mirror, pretending to be filming our debut music video. Yet when we reach a certain age we are forced to push these dreams aside and focus on something more 'realistic'...

In my case, right from the age of about 3 years old I wanted to be a singer. I grew up performing the role of Annie alongside our VCR in my lounge, then joining ballet classes, singing lessons and doing years and years of theatre school training up until the age of about 16. 

This was the point where people started to ask me realistically what I wanted to do when I was older. When I was younger I was asked and I would always say "I want to be a singer" and people would 'aww' and tell me to chase my dreams. But when I got older and I had to start picking GCSE options, A Levels or even my degree, music and performing was seen as something unrealistic and childish. People would laugh at me and point out that it was a one in a million chance.

I am really sad to say that over the years, especially at such an age where what you do and who you are is very easily moulded by the opinions of others, I listened to these people and let go of that dream to find something that I could tell people I wanted to do without receiving a patronising response. But the problem is that I am still searching for that. For my A Levels I chose more 'realistic' options like History, Spanish and English Literature and yes I enjoyed them and found them interesting but the jobs in those subjects don't make my heart race as much as singing and performing to an audience used to. 

Even though I fell head over heels in love with books and that is what I am studying for my degree at University, at the moment I can't see what job I want at the end of it. To be honest I really feel the gap that performing has left in my life. For this reason I am really eager to join musical and theatre societies at University and perhaps start doing small gigs. In that way I feel more secure in my path but I can still get back the rush and happiness I used to have when I was on a stage in my spare time.

The point of this post is to tell you to never ever do what I have done. If you have a dream that you long for with every fibre of your being then go for it and never look back. Yes maybe it will be difficult to get in to but you will never know if you don't try. Never settle for something that other people tell you you should be doing, when you get there you won't truly be happy because you have lived your life how someone else wanted you to. 

I would love to know your dreams growing up and the dreams that you have now! Are they any different? Leave me a comment below :)

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  1. I totally whole heartily agree with you and please do follow your dream because it isn't too late! I just wrote a small post on dreams and how they are often the harder road because our wildest dreams often don't have a set path and you kind of have to make your own. It's your life and you should always go after what sets your soul on fire after all we didn't get the Lady Gaga's, Taylor Swift's or Katy Perry's of the world with out them going after their dreams! When I was younger I was really into Bones and CSI and wanted to be a Forensic Pathologist and now I want to be a fitness model/personality teaching people how to love themselves, health/fitness and to bring awareness to eating disorders! BIG DREAMS BABY! ;)

    1. Very very true! But also you raise an interesting point that as we grow we discover new dreams and interests, like in your case you have moved on from Bones and CSI! I'll be sure to check your post out :D


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