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Dreaming Big Doesn’t Mean What We Think It Does

Water color painting by Daniel Merriam - High Tide moments journal

Water color painting by Daniel Merriam – High Tide moments journal

Whenever I hear the words “Dream Big”, I automatically get images of people wanting to become a millionaire or the next Beyonce. These people usually tend to begrudge anyone who doesn’t wish to reach the same goals as them. I once told a friend that I wanted to be a writer, perhaps own a small online business and she seemed disappointed. She pretty much insisted that I turn my business ideas into multi-million dollar plans and couldn’t understand why those weren’t my dreams. After that, I became fearful about dreaming. Humans make life more difficult than it really is, and that the problems with the world come from people who only think about money. Consumerism has become a religion, and dreaming about money has now become as realistic as Santa Claus.

To dream big means that everyone should do their very best to reach their greatest potential. For some of that means becoming an astronaut, a doctor, or president while for others it means to become a baker, a teacher or firefighter, even a homemaker. The biggest misconception with humans is that your maximum potential means you must make tons of money. As a result, we set unrealistic goals for ourselves that usually result in severe disappointment. How many of you reading this have invested thousands of dollars, put in countless hours and even put yourself in debt believing that you’ll be seen as successful by some other person’s terms? My biggest fear was doing that and becoming an unhappy millionaire. I want life to be led by passion.

Little did I know, potential and passion go hand in hand, and it would be years later when I finally figured this out. We are each given gifts and passions from the moment we are forming in the womb; beautiful voices, intense compassion for others, high intelligence, fierce loyalty. It is these things that start to form our potential, that little girl who has always had that obsession with cars may very well grow up to be a race car driver. That little boy who was always very nurturing to animals may grow to be a wonderful veterinarian. Or that odd girl, who has always been creative and has a passion for helping people may end up a millionaire (whether she likes it or not) in her bid to want help others. Dreams shouldn’t be fearful, nor should they be a high ladder that we spend our entire life climbing and never learning what’s at the top.

So, maybe we aren’t to focus so much on who and what we’re suppose to be. Maybe some of us are lucky, and we were placed on this earth to just be. Not all angels have a prestigious purpose, some angels are so pure that they just fly through the heavens and inspire us all. We all have a path that we’ll eventually reach as long as we keep moving, and maybe our dreams are just us being inspired to reach the end.

"Tiara Letrice is a Staff Writer at #mygirlsquad. She enjoys hot cups of tea, modern ballet, and Quentin Tarantino

“Tiara Letrice is a Staff Writer at #mygirlsquad. She enjoys hot cups of tea, modern ballet, and Quentin Tarantino

Written by Tiara Letrice, Staff Writer, #mygirlsquad

 

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