Pursuing your dreams! Don't let others tell you otherwise.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Don’t ever regret your decision to follow your dreams
After all, your regrets aren’t what you did, but what you didn’t do.

Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

From my experience, I never really regret things I did in the past. Of course sometimes I wish that I didn’t do the stupid mistakes I did. But hey, life is all about learning. And as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That’s really true, I learn from my mistakes.

There are times when I made the same mistakes twice, or when I didn’t choose wisely which created so much trouble and heartache. But I learned from it and still am.

It’s still fresh in my memory, it was in September 2011, I was 21, recently graduated from university. And honestly, it was not the most glorious time of my life. My two years relationship was just ended and I had few other personal issues during that time. But at the same time, I have learned so much from it. And I learned the most important lesson, everything happens for reasons! If I didn’t break up with my ex, I would never have the kind of life I have right now.  

Flashback, few months before we broke up, we bought a ticket to Singapore as we planned to travel together the two of us. As it turned out that we broke up, he decided not to go. So then I went on my first solo trip to Singapore and then Philippines. And I can honestly say that I had one of the best moments of my life. I fell in love with travelling. I love the excitement from seeing new place, meeting new people, living in different part of the world, having new routines, learning how to sleep in the dorms. There were ups and downs but mostly ups and I didn’t regret it one bit.

Back then, I was determined to save money to see other parts of the world. But then, reality hits me hard when I went back to Sydney. I had no other goals in life apart from my travelling goals. People started to tell me what to do, or what I am supposed to do. They tell me that I should not waste any more time, how I should start thinking about my life, find the meaning of my life and get a proper job. Basically there were a lot of pressures on me.

And guess what, I did what they told me to and its one of the mistake I made in life. 

There I was, got a job in a small construction firm. I started to forget my real passion . Soon enough, I found myself miserable, not happy, grumpy all the time. I like neither my daily routines nor the job itself. In July 2012 the firm was going through some financial issues and they couldn’t keep me any longer. I lost my job and I was miserable didn’t know what to do. It was also hard for me to find a new job during that time.

So then my mom suggested me to continue with my study. And here I am, half way through my post-grad study in commerce. I am still figuring out how I am going to plan my life after this. I am still pursuing my dreams, my goals and I wont stop until I get to where I want to be. Right now, I am saving up money from my part time jobs so that I can go on a trip after my graduation next year.

And over time I have discovered there is no absolute terms how you should live your life. My advice, live life to the fullest, the way you want to, not the way people want you too. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Why? Because they are not the same like you! You are created to be different and unique, no one can do you like you do!

And ultimately, start dreaming again. Start believing again. Keep on pursuing your dreams or goals. Start pushing what God put in your heart. Because it’s not over until God says its over. And He wouldn’t have put that dream in your heart, if He didn’t already have a plan to bring it to pass.
You may be tired, discouraged and frustrated but don’t give up on your dreams.