We have different aspirations in life. That’s why you may find yourself wanting to do something that no one has ever done before or with a fresh perspective, mission, or vision.
If you attempt to do it, to chase those wild dreams, many times, if not all the times, there will be those who will try to bring you down. Some are pretty straightforward about it. They will tell you to the face that whatever you are doing is stupid, that you will never amount to anything, that the idea will never work, that whatever you are doing has been done a million times before by people who were wiser than you and none has succeeded, or it’s just a waste of time. Others will tell you to stop and get busy with something else, blah blah blah.
Such are easy to recognize and avoid.
But what about the others? The people who brought us up or played a major role in our lives, people we have learned to look up to, to consult, and lean on whenever we need wise counsel?
Sometimes the people who ruin people, the people who can ruin you, people who can make you turn from the right path and follow the right one (as per their belief), people who can brainwash you (if given the chance) to stop chasing some dreams are disguised in forms that we have learned to listen to keenly and respect a lot. People we have associated with wisdom, guidance, bird’s eye perspective, pure intentions, and everything that pushes us to respect. The people we call god-sent because their wisdom has helped us countless times.
These are the people I want us to talk about. People who can dim your light because they know you believe them. People who can ruin you but act like they are helping you. People who discourage others but their words aren’t always negative. People who never say that an idea is inapplicable, will never work, etc.
People who they use everything you don’t have like age and authority. People who hide behind titles you have learned to respect. These are the people I want us to talk about.
Some people who attempt to discourage you, to talk you out of wanting what you want, and chasing what you are chasing, you approach you as adults; anyone from parents to older siblings. They cite their age and claim that they have seen more than you have hence all the reasons why an idea won’t be successful. But in reality, some have never paid attention to how life happens. They are just old. They have just been counting days as they roll by. But age is not an equivalent for wisdom. Wisdom is not something that is handed to anyone to ingest when another year knocks. It’s something you seek! Beware of such adults!! Not all adults are well-versed with the path of chasing dreams.
Some of these adults are afraid of the potential of such dreams when, and not if, they become a reality. Some may have had similar aspirations but gave up along the way for whatever reason. And because they cannot mention that, they dare scare dreamers off with the age-wisdom narrative.
Another group of people that can disguisedly kill your dreams are professionals. People who claim to know everything there is to know about an industry or life. Some offer good guidance. Listen to them. Others don’t. The later often can cite exposure and their knowledge, not to help you, but to make you see how unrealistic and unachievable your dreams are and eventually abandon them. Beware!
But nobody knows which dreams are achievable or not, unless they become the reality.
So who is the best person to consult? Sometimes it’s just God and yourself.
Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind, listen to your gut, follow the faint light from that dream instead of the large flame, and risk everything for that dream!
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