Whenever someone hears those words, “The Dream Life”, it usually conjures up a picturesque scene that involves a lounge chair, a tropical drink and waves slowly splashing on the perfect white sand beach on some remote Caribbean island with their feet buried in the sand.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the above sounds absolutely amazing and I know it is because I’ve experienced it in a temporary manner on many beaches around the world. That is not what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about is your REAL Dream Life.
Most people do not really know what their Dream Life is because they have never sat down and mapped out exactly and very specifically what it is that they want out of life. They coast through life, usually following the path of least resistance and occasionally get caught up with “keeping up with the Joneses”. They buy a house they don’t really want, they buy a car they don’t really want and work everyday at a job they loathe. I see it everyday. And I’ve been one of those people as well. That’s right… I’m guilty of buying shit I really don’t want to impress people whose opinions really don’t matter. And I’m here to tell you that there is another way of achieving your Dream Life, whatever it may be.
For the first 33 years of my life, I thought I was living my dream life. Boy, was I wrong! I was working at a job I hated, living in an apartment that I really didn’t want to live in, and driving a car that I bought because “it made sense”. One day, I sat down and asked myself why I’m doing this. Why am I working my ass off everyday working towards some unknown finish line? What is my finish line? I really didn’t know because I hadn’t specifically decided what my finish line was. Of course I had this grandiose plan in my head that I would retire when I’m 40, live in a mansion on the beach, and have a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in my garage.
Is that what I really wanted? Or is that what I thought society thought I should have? That is a very tough question to ask and the answer differs with every person you ask. One person’s dream life might be to live in their parent’s old house, have a reliable car and food on the table. Another person’s dream life might be to surf everyday. My point is it really doesn’t matter what your dream life is. All that matters is that you consciously decide what your dream life is and make a game plan to achieve it. Or not. It is completely up to you.
At the end of the day, you are ultimately responsible for your life’s direction and purpose. That is both a freeing thought or a damning one, depending on how you view your life at this very moment in time.
Personally, my Dream Life changes little by little as I get older and wiser. I decide what I want to experience in my life next, and then make it happen. It really is that simple. Sometimes it might take a little bit of time to achieve a goal or milestone, but that is what makes the pursuit of your Dream Life so powerful.