Someone posted in a Facebook group that I’m in that he used to have huge dreams and actually believe he could fulfill them. Lately, he’s struggling to get into this mind frame and feels like he’s in a big depressive funk.
I can’t speak to the depression part – that may be a serious issue as it certainly can be. It’s the huge dreams aspect that’s on my mind.
Now, there are dreamers in this world who actually fulfill their dreams and do incredible things. Some of those people may be brilliant, some may seem to have luck, but all of them display a laser focus that allows them to plow through towards their goal.
Some of those fulfilled dreams benefit society and make the world a better place. Congratulations. Kudos to you. Thanks for what you do for society.
At this point in my life, I don’t have huge dreams.
And I’m perfectly okay with that. At one point in my life, I might have found that thought depressing. What do you mean you don’t have huge dreams? Isn’t that what life is about?
I’m not so sure it is.
There’s honor and dignity in striving to do the best you can each day – even if what you do is not earth shattering. If you can be extraordinary in your ‘ordinary’ life – whatever that means to you – then you have every reason to feel as proud and accomplished as someone who did something ‘huge.’
Life is full of ups and downs, highs and lows. If you can plow through and maintain a positive attitude and do the best you can do, that’s a good life.
Sure, it’s not glamorous and definitely not huge but…
Let me stop using the general you and speak about myself.
At this point in my life, I don’t have huge dreams. I don’t dream of making the majors, or earning a billion dollars, or even of becoming Batman. I do, by the way, like the show Gotham. It’s entertaining. I’m glad I find time to watch it.
When I go to bed each night knowing that I did my best, I sleep well. Now, of course, this does not always happen. There’s frustration, disappointment, and even disgust. But that’s not because I haven’t accomplished something huge.
I want to learn each day. Grow each day. Make a difference each day.
I want to be the best I can be. And if that’s not huge, okay.
I don’t care.
Some might say that’s the path to mediocrity. I disagree. But I’m not going to argue (much) because I don’t care. I neither seek the approval of nor worry myself about the disapproval of others.
Contentment is what I seek. That does not mean I don’t have aspirations and am not striving to grow. Always am!!
I’m striving to be a good husband and father, to try and make my business grow, to help students learn. And so much more.
It’s certainly not glamorous and won’t drive news cameras to come to my house to photograph me and beg for an interview.
So, I don’t have huge dreams. But If I do the best I can do and fulfill my potential, well that’s huge.