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11 Reasons Why It’s Important to Follow Your Dreams

11 Reasons Why It’s Important to Follow Your Dreams

Everyone always says, “Follow your dreams!” But not everyone does it.

Life interjects, bills pile up, and sometimes we have to do jobs we don’t want to do just to make it through the day. However, there are a number of reasons to follow your dreams, to break the trend, and to live the life you’ve always wanted. Why follow your dreams? Here’s what pursuing your dreams does:

1. They make life worth living.

Your dreams are what can get you through even the worst days. If you are struggling, your dreams are your reason to keep going.

They are why you wake up in the morning and try again. They are what makes your entire life worth living.

Without our dreams, we are nothing.

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    2. You’ll meet other dream seekers.

    When you are motivated and excited about pursuing your dreams, you’ll attract other people who have the same values and interests.

    The more you surround yourself with high achievers, the further you’ll go. Then, when times get tough, and it’s hard to keep going, your friends will motivate you to continue achieving.

    3. You can be an inspiration to others.

    If you decide to go and pursue your dreams, you will give hope to others who want to do the same.

    You can serve as their example and their reason why they should give it a try. You can help them, coach them, and encourage them to keep going.

      4. You can provide for your family.

      When you are this motivated, it’s very hard to fail.

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      If you are very set on your dreams, and you make sure that you can make an income along the way, you’ll be able to provide for your family.

      Some dreams take longer than others to achieve, but that’s what makes the end goal so worth it.

      5. Working in a job you hate makes the days go slowly.

      Why should you work in a job you hate? You’ll count the clock, you won’t do as well, and you’ll dread waking up in the morning.

      Instead, pursue your dreams! Get excited about your day, and enjoy the process of doing what you love.

      6. Because no one is going to follow them for you.

      Let’s face it: no one else is going to pursue your dreams for you.

      Everyone has their own dreams and their own goals for what they want to achieve in life. If you don’t go for it, no one else will.

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      7. So that you can finally be happy.

      Life without dreams is depressing. Nancy’s story is a proof.

      Search far and wide for yours, and make a promise to yourself that you will start pursuing them.

      Once you get on the path towards your goal, you will notice a distinct change in how you feel.

        8. To prove them wrong.

        All of us have been around people who told us our dreams weren’t possible. Let that add fuel to your fire.

        Think about all the people who said it would never happen, and go out and prove them wrong.

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        9. It will make your parents proud.

        Sometimes parents don’t always understand our dreams or they try to sway us towards a particular one.

        However, if you are adamant about your dreams, and you work hard to achieve them, your parents have no reason not to be proud of you.

        10. It will make YOU proud.

        Even better than making your parents proud, you will be proud of yourself!

        Your confidence will rise, and you’ll enjoy the excitement and the adrenaline that comes with doing something you’ve always wanted to do.

        11. You only live once.

        Life is short. Our days are numbered, so why spend them doing something we don’t love? It’s time to make a decision to go for it.

        Dream big. Focus on your dreams. Make your dreams happen.

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        Last Updated on October 5, 2020

        How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

        How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

        We are given life with many opportunities to make it everything we want it to be and more. If you find that you’ve slipped into living a boring life, it’s time to take a hard look at what you’ve been doing and what you can start doing now to make it more interesting.

        Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list can definitely make any day or life more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

        Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaningful) one!

        1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

        Imagine being a young child. Life was never boring, was it? That’s because children harness every ounce of creativity they have in order to try new things.

        What would your 7-year-old self want to do in this moment? Maybe they’d pick up a paintbrush and try to paint the landscape around them. May they would go outside and build something with random materials around the yard. Maybe they would raid the fridge and put together a dish they’ve never seen before.

        Just because you’re a grown-up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play and use your creativity to its fullest.

        2. Go Play With Kids

        Speaking of little kids, if you have your own (or a niece or nephew), go play with them!

        Kids are absolutely hilarious, so it’s simply impossible to be bored when you’re around them. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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        3. Play Cell Phone Roulette

        You’ll need at least one buddy for this, but this is a great way to avoid a boring life. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one, and (if it feels right) call the person.

        You could spark an incredible catch-up session or, at the very least, remind someone that you’re thinking of them. Neither are boring.

        4. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

        This is a great part of a gratitude practice. We often forget to thank the people who do things for us, especially if we have come to expect those things. For example, have you ever thought about thanking your mom for that weekly phone call? Or thanking your sister for always sending you a homemade gift on your birthday?

        Take time to think of at least 5 people you would like to say thank you to and write out a card. You could even write them out for random people in your neighborhood, like the local librarian, a teacher at your child’s school, or the accountant at your bank.

        Anyone and everyone appreciates being thanked for their efforts.

        5. Sign up for a Class

        Nowadays, there are classes for everything. To make it as interesting as possible, try finding one that you wouldn’t normally consider doing, like salsa lessons, improv, or boxing.

        Otherwise, try to find a course on something you’ve always wanted to learn, like pottery, photography, or a foreign language course.

        What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people, which will add even more interest to your life!

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        6. Talk to Your Grandparents About Their Lives

        We often underestimate how interesting the elderly are. You can rest assured that any elderly person you talk to will not have had a boring life! Take some time to talk to them and hear their interesting stories. You may even find that this motivates you to go out and find your own interesting experiences.

        7. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

        Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage. If you’re not into comedy, find an open mic that focuses on reading poetry or short stories and bring your own. These groups tend to be incredibly supportive for anyone who is willing to be brave enough to get up and try.

        8. Do Something for Someone Else

        Showing kindness automatically makes you feel good, but doing these small acts will also help to ensure that you don’t have a boring life. Try doing one or two things each week that are outside your normal routine.

        For example, you could make a batch of cookies for the mailperson or help your elderly neighbor organize one of their rooms. There are a million ways to show kindness to those around you. Tap into your creativity and find your own or use some of the ideas from the image below[1].

        Do random acts of kindness to avoid living a boring life.

          9. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

          If you have your own place, there is always a project that needs to get done. Many people simply pay for someone else to do it in order to avoid the hassle, but taking on a DIY project can make a boring life much more interesting.

          It doesn’t have to be super complicated. Maybe you repaint an old vase or build a spice shelf out of used pallets.

          If you need ideas, you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

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          10. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

          This will give you something to look forward to. One study actually found that most travelers are happiest before a vacation[2]. Therefore, simply planning a trip will boost your mood, even if you can’t actually take the vacation right now.

          Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is also fun and relaxing!

          11. Go People Watching

          Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops, and train stations are great for this!) and just observe[3].

          People are infinitely interesting. Try to imagine what their lives are like, what they’re thinking, or where they’re going. You’ll never know if you’re right, but it will give you something to focus on and also help you practice empathy.

          12. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

          You can try that new Moroccan restaurant down the street and pick the most interesting dish on the menu. Or, you can raid your own fridge and throw together a dish you’ve never made before.

          If you’re up for a trip to the grocery store, try picking up a new fruit or veggie from the produce section. You may find a new food that you love!

          13. Dance

          You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

          If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public or join a flash mob.

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          14. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

          Reading a good book can keep you occupied for hours. It will also transport you to a life that isn’t your own, and one that likely will be the opposite of a boring life. You’ll be amazed by what you can learn from those pages.

          Pick on of these inspirational books to start reading: 10 Best Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

          15. Spend Some Time With People You Care About

          Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. Call up a friend you haven’t seen in a while, or bring a coffee over to your parent’s place and catch up. They’ll appreciate the gesture, and you’ll avoid boredom.

          16. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to

          Some people are bored by museums, so if that’s you, skip to the next one. However, if you love art, history, or culture, this one is for you!

          17. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

          This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

          Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then, start taking your first step to make it happen.

          Now, go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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          Reference

          [1] FECAVA: Random Acts of Kindness
          [2] Applied Research in Quality of Life: Vacationers Happier, but Most not Happier After a Holiday
          [3] Psychology Today: The Expert’s Guide to People Watching

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