Dare to Dream
If there is one thing this year has taught me, it is that Ellie Goulding was right – anything could happen. ANYTHING could happen. In January this year, driving along the N1 highway to go analyse VAT, I had the song on constant replay. Singing along at the top of my lungs, it started as a desperate plea to the universe and soon transformed into a mantra. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.
It comes down to this (basically a collection of personal truths/ cliches I have come to live by):
Life is short.
Before you know it, your intoxicated future self will welcome yet another year with a slurring New Year’s countdown and a compilation of resolutions recycled from last year. Stop making excuses. Stop waiting for permission. Join that kickboxing/ yoga/ pottery class while you still know why it is on the list in the first place. Too many people spend their lives dreaming of doing things which, if they had actually done it, they might very well have discovered they hated it.
Life is long.
Ever checked the time five minutes after you last checked the time? Stop wishing your life away. Stop living for the weekend. Stop dreaming of escaping to some exotic location. Start living a life you do not need to escape from. Find a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. Spend time with people who see your light. Do things that make that light shine brighter. Most importantly – keep it tight, keep it real.
Don’t be scared.
Don’t be scared of the unknown – life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Don’t be scared of failure – our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. Know that, whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.
Anything could happen.
Some good, some bad. Some things won’t go as planned but in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take. Trust that it will all be okay in the end – if it is not okay, it is not the end. You might not be able to see it now but everything happens for a reason. What doesn’t kill, makes you stronger.
Dare to dream.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?