What we got to do, we got to do it ourselves

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

We all have our little fantasies or dreams or things that we would like to do in life. Like learning to play the piano, spend a day alone at Rome, run a marathon etc. But most of the time, busy fighting the battles of everyday life we give up our dreams. And when we do have the opportunity to follow our dreams (no matter how small they are) we have plenty of excuses - oh am too busy to do that now, i would like to do it but need someone to do it with me, i do not have that kind of money - etc etc.

I am not writing this to talk about how we got to go chase our dreams. Instead I would like to talk about how, most of the time, we have to chase our dreams ourselves. If we think we do not have the right circumstances or the right people with us to do that now, believe me you would never notice when the opportunity came knocking at your door and left without any answer.

The dream am nurturing right now is to run a 10km road race. This is important for me for both mental and physical reasons. For one, being a walker I would like to feel the awesomeness of running a race. Yes, I did start chasing my dream, but I kept slacking thinking I didn't have the right resources. First, there were too many people starting and commenting at me. Secondly, I felt the area I used for running wasn't suitable for running. Then I wanted a running buddy thinking that would help me beat my self consciousness.

Yes, running with my friend, helped me a lot in building my self confidence. I am no more self conscious to run in front of people. I also got to know about a running track nearby which I wouldn't have checked out if it wasn't for my running mate.

Coming back to my point, I went running today after almost a week's break. I have been negligent about my dream not just because of the on and off cold, but also because of other personal reasons. While coming back home, suddenly I realized, if I have to chase this dream of mine I had to make use of whatever resources I have with me and stop waiting for things to happen for me.

It is time I put this quote by Spanish novelist Camilo Jose Cela, to work 'There are two kinds of man: the ones who make history and the ones who endure it.' Its time that I wrote my own history instead of waiting others to write it for me. Its time I worked hard no matter what the trials and tribulations I may have to face. At the end of the day, all of us are alone in this rat race called life.

"Blazing your own trail
History is written all around you every day. It may not be history that makes the college textbooks, but it's your history just the same. Do you make your own history? Or do you endure the life that others make for you? When you choose a direction and dedicate yourself to it, you make history. When you listen to naysayers who convince you that it can't be done, you endure history. When you set your priorities and stick to them, you make history. When you get distracted by things that you find useless, you endure it. When you decide to have a good day, you create a life you want. When you allow outside forces to dictate your mood, you get the life that's given to you. There are an infinite number of possible histories out there, waiting to be lived. Whatever your life has been up to this point doesn't matter. What counts is the history that awaits you in the future. Which do you choose?" -
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