Today, I was triggered by a conversation I had with an elderly man. He talked to me about his intention to sell his house because he wants to fund his grand-children’s studies - apart from one grand-son. Why? Because this particular grand-son has a dream. The young man wants to be an actor (and is currently studying drama at an internationally renowned university). The elderly man said:’ I cannot help him, I cannot support him in being an actor.'
Thankfully the other children are all bright and sorted and will be lawyers and engineers. Well, except the actor’s sister. She is bright and yet she wants to be a hairdresser. It’s so sad.’ This really upset me. Following your artistic and creative dreams can really set you on a lonely path. Why should some dreams be better than others? Following your dreams - especially if those dreams set you on an unconventional path - is not easy because you will often face the judgement of others, especially from the ones you love the most.
But if you do not listen to your heart, you will carry with you the weight of regrets. You will settle for a life of comfort instead of your grand adventure. Believe me, it’s been my story for too long and it’s been really painful. I am not often supported in my dreams by those I love. Simply because they don’t understand my unconventional lifestyle or my visions. They are scared and worried for me because they love me. Yet, for too long I had to temper my wilder self, my dreamer, my fire, my passion, my spirit...just to fit in and be accepted.
When I have trusted and followed my heart, it worked out for me, always. When I haven’t, life became a struggle. I have made a promise to myself to follow my dreams, convinced that it is never too late and that my dreams are never too big. The most insane (I still can’t believe it happened!) example I have to date is when I left my corporate job on the advice of a psychic hypnotherapist to jump straight into the music business that I knew nothing about, and managed to land a fantastic job as a PR working for my top favourite bands. I mean, I had no experience whatsoever and yet I got a job that would make a thousand people green with envy! When I said I wanted to work in the music industry, everyone was laughing at me. My dad thought I had lost all touch with reality and got temporarily insane. Yet, against the odds, I did it!
Later on, I forgot about my dreams. Or at least, I forgot how to hear and follow them. So instead, I helped other people with their own dreams. Although it makes me truly happy to help others, I cannot feel fulfilled as there is a primal need and a deep longing inside me that require my full attention. My dream is calling again. And, as I am carefully listening to my heart, I am silently preparing for my next chapter, the big adventure I have been waiting for for far too long. I am scared and yet my whole being is shouting a big yes and is shivering with excitement ...And even though my choices may sometimes seem controversial to friends and family, I am being true to myself, authentic and aligned with who I am. I feel at peace with my heart and this is what matters. I can't wait to share my adventures and dreams with you!