22 is Not the Time to Give Up Dreaming

Posted on August 12, 2017

There is nothing I dread more in life than the thought of sitting behind a desk and working 40+ hours a week just to be able to afford the cost of living. It terrifies me, truly. But, I’m at the point of my life where the whole real world concept is standing just outside my door. I’m a full-fledged adult now.


But what does that mean?

I recently graduated from college with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Classics. According to society, I should either be continuing my education so that I can do something “useful” – that’s a no go right now – or I should be looking for a “real job” so that I can be a productive member of society.

I don’t know about you guys, but those two options don’t sound very appealing to me.

It’s funny how when we are kids, adults always tell us we can be whatever we want to be. Whether it’s being a professional soccer player, gymnasts, an artist, an astronaut, or even a princess – adults are constantly showering us with encouragement saying things like, “if you can dream it you can be it!”

As a kid, I believed in this mentality wholeheartedly, but as an adult, I have some skepticism on the matter.

This, my friends, is where the battle of the brain and the heart begins.

See, when we are kids we don’t think and processes things the same way as when we are adults – duh Maddie… Just let me finish! As adults, we are constantly looking at things logically and using our brains to calculate whether or not we will be able to do something. Whereas, when we are kids, we don’t think about things using our brains, we think using our hearts. Kids go with what makes them feel good rather than what makes the most sense.

Whereas a kid would say, I want to be an astronaut, an adult would say, well I’m not good at science… so being an astronaut is out.

What happened to the mindset of being able to do anything?

I feel like in today’s world, it is so much easier to get discouraged from pursuing your dreams. We are in a constant battle between what we should be doing and what is expected of us versus what we want to do and what makes us happy.

It would be very easy to continue on with my current way of life. I can get up every day, go to work, come home, play with my dog, have dinner, maybe go out for drinks, go to bed, and repeat. Yes, I could do that every day, but why? I’m 22 years old. I have nothing but time to try new things and to take risks in the hope of achieving something greater.

Why is it so hard to get up the courage to try and do something that makes me happy? I’ll tell you why it’s because I’m thinking with my brain.

Right now in my life, my heart yearns to see the world. It yearns to travel with my dog at my side. It screams out for me to learn a new language or two and see views that take my breath away. I can see the image in my head. I can see the me who works hard to make those dreams a reality and it is just so wonderful.

But on the other-end, my brain is telling me that it is impractical and reckless. It tells me why would I put myself at risk like that? Why would I sacrifice a nice stable life for something that isn’t even true and is just a product of my imagination? Work that 40+ hour a week, save up the money so you can see the world with a cushy budget. Leave your dog at home because it’s easier for you and safer for her.

These fears create roadblocks, which prevent us from going after our dreams. I think it’s time to throw logic out the window. Whether you’re 22, 23, 24, or 25, you owe it to yourself to at least try and achieve your dream.

So, let’s stop thinking with our brains and start thinking with our hearts. Now’s the time to try.

Comment below with any thoughts or questions!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Emma August 12, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Beautiful and so true. We all go through these thoughts at some point. I’m glad you’re taking action 😉

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