Updated: Jan 31, 2020
Are you Living the Dream?
It turns out there are many definitions of the term, “Living the Dream.”
Originally, the term came from the expression, “The American Dream.” And although many people may feel the American Dream is a joke today, there was a period of time when America was considered to be the “promised land” where immigrants migrated to in hopes of making a better life for themselves and their families.
Today, many define the term “Living the Dream” as achieving their goals and living the life they always dreamed about having. Still others refer to the dream in terms of material things, like what kind of car you have, and what kind of house you live in.
Lately, it seems the term is always expressed negatively.For example:
"Hey Gus, how's it going?"
"Oh, you know... living the dream!" Gus says as he scrapes out the goo from the bottom of a grease trap.
I wish that everyone could have ‘the greatest job in the world,’ but the truth of the matter is we should be thankful that we have a job and take pride in our work. In my opinion, truly living the dream starts with a good attitude, and with that, good things will follow.
Maybe living the dream is a "Pipe Dream" to most.
A pipe dream is the dream you feel you can never achieve. But why should people refer to their dreams as a pipe dream? Why not try and achieve them? It's not like you're going to lose anything by trying, and if you try and make dreams a reality, then wouldn't that be awesome?
Are people afraid of failure?
Maybe it comes from our upbringing, or maybe it comes from schooling, or from our society. People want to WIN at everything. We don’t know how to fail with dignity meaning: you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again.
Have people quit trying at life? It seems to me that many don’t even care to better themselves and their situation. It’s pretty evident when you see people shuffling through the store in their pajamas and slippers that they didn’t even bother to get dressed! What has happened to our society? Wherever these thoughts of not trying stems from has paralyzed a nation.
I’m not saying I've accomplished ALL of my dreams YET, but I’ve nailed down my share fair of wins. And I’m not dead yet, so I will continue trying every day.
A dream starts with you. Are you striving for your dream? Where do you want to be in 5 years? In 10?
A dream can only become a reality when you TRY to accomplish it.
Being you are reading this now, I’m going to guess that you have some pride, and are more of a private pajama person. And even if you haven’t picked yourself up and dusted yourself off with a whole lot of dignity, you have continued trying at something throughout life, even if its just been running nonstop on that wheel like that hamster.
I’m going to guess that you are wondering if it is really possible to reach for a dream and get what you want – no matter what age you are.
The answer to that question lies deep inside of you, and after 7 years of successful, motivating experience under my belt, I believe that what people need most to get what they want is a plan of attack, and some motivation to help them along the way.
For now, what I would like you to do is take a few days to really think about what living the dream means to you. Remember, this is YOUR dream and nobody else’s. It could take you just a second to know what it is, or it might take you a few days to really nail it down. But really think about what Living the Dream means to you.
It doesn't matter how old you are, how poor you are, or even how short or tall you are. There's all kinds of excuses for not trying, but what it boils down to is whether or not you get out of your own way and really TRY.
Time is ticking away.
What does your dream look like?
Look for “Defining the Dream” coming up next.
2017, Frank Elliott, https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-meaning-of-the-phrase-living-the-dream
I look forward to reading your comments and hearing about your successes!
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