Live your dreams…follow your passion…

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A few days back, I met an old acquaintance of mine after a long time. He was a sports enthusiast and during the course of our conversation he mentioned about an experience when his raft had overturned while negotiating a dangerous rapid in a mountain river and all occupants were thrown into the turbulent water. While others managed to get safety, he was carried away by the strong currents to some distance before he could get hold of a rock protruding in the middle of the river and hung on to it for nearly 30 minutes before he could be rescued.

When asked what was going through his mind for those 30 minutes that he hung on the rock for life, and he thought death was staring in his face, he said the first response was a desperate appeal to God to come to his aid and save him, but as he spent more time hanging on to the rock the past 30 years of his life flashed through his mind. His dreams, what all he had thought to accomplish/ do in life, condition of his ailing wife who required his support, his kids, the under- construction house, everything went through his mind. He had so many unaccomplished tasks/ dreams which he had been delaying for one reason or the other. He prayed to God to save him as he was just 30 and had so much left to do in life. After his safe return from that journey his complete focus in life was on completing the tasks he had set for himself, achieving his dreams. He had seen death from close quarters and realised the worth of life and more importantly he had realised the true meaning of ‘Living’ life, living dreams.

Hearing his story, I was reminded of a song sung by Doris Day (written by Carl Sigman/ Herbert Magidson) way back in 1950.

Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.

You work and work for years and years
You’re always on the go
Never take a minute off
To busy makin’ dough
Someday, you say, you’ll have your fun
When you’re a millionaire
Imagine all the fun you’ll have
In your old rockin’ chair

Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.
(Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself it’s later than you think)

Your heart of hearts, your dream of dreams
Your ravishing brunettes
Has left you now and she’s become
Somebody else’s pet (pity isn’t it)
Lay down that gun, don’t try my friend
To reach the great beyond
You’ll have more fun by reaching
For a red-head or a blonde

Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.
(Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself it’s later than you think)

There’s another thing I want to tell you too.

You love somebody very much
You’d like to set the date
But money doesn’t grow on trees
So you decide to wait (Foolish Fellow)
You’re so afraid that you will bite off
More than you can chew
Don’t be afraid, you won’t have teeth
When you reach ninety-two.

Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy yourself it’s later than you think…

Each and every word of this song is so relevant even today and I think will remain relevant forever. This is exactly what life is all about, we keep delaying things constantly changing our goal posts as long as the going is smooth, when suddenly an accident throws life out of gear and we are left regretting what all we have left unfinished. We carry the worries of our securing our future too far and miss out on living and enjoying the present. Why should it take a negative event to make us consider doing something good? Why should we wait for a dark moment to happen in life to show us the light? Life is so unpredictable, earlier we realise it is the better. Make your list, set your priorities and work to achieve your goals/ live your dreams.

Life is all about choices we make. Whatever we do/ achieve is the result of the choices we make. Do not keep waiting for the right moment to start/ do something. Every moment is right, just have the will to make it your own. One doesn’t have to throw caution to winds but certain amount of risk has to be taken to achieve something new. “Do not plunge blindly, but when the only escape route is the river in spate, just jump into it, there are high chances of you reaching the bank”.

Identify your purpose in life and follow it with passion. Time doesn’t wait for anyone/ anything.

“Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy yourself it’s later than you think…”

16 thoughts on “Live your dreams…follow your passion…

  1. Yes it’s amazing who when you become aware of just how short life can be you begin to appreciate it much more.
    From 18 I was nursing, so saw death in all ages often and listened to lots of regrets. Then at 30 I had cancer, it was cut out and I was ok. Then in 1991 I was diagnosed with MS and suddenly bits of me stopped working. Then I realised just how green the grass was and what was really important in life.
    Many people think you can’t live life the way I do, well I’m 64 now and still trying to make life as happy as possible for me and my hubby.
    Material things are not important, loads of money is not important, but treating other living things ( animals, plants and humans), is very important.
    I now live for now and don’t worry about what will be. I’m also not afraid to die as when I do I will have no regrets and will have been happy.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience of life…
      Earliest one realised what he/ she should be living for the better it is… discovering the passion..
      Regards

  2. Many a times I say to my friends and colleagues that when I was young and with peanut salary I think I was much more happier and content than I’m today and the reason is that probably we didn’t think much or analyse anything. As the time has passed ….with realities of life hitting upon everyday the enjoyment in life has certainly declined in 21 century. It’s time we started falling in love with us once again as to who we were and how short life is. Thank you sir for your constant words of wisdom through your blogs. Keep writing and motivating.

    1. Thank you Lalit..
      As we grow…our needs change to wants and desires…and that’s where we get trapped and screw up..
      Regards

    2. Maybe then hubby and I are lucky that we never had much money. I know everyone says that these days but I got more money on sick benefit than he did as a mechanic/computer engineer/book keeper/everything.
      We have always appreciated what we had and have been given. Plus we always tried to give to others. Not money as we had none, but our time, our help and advice.

  3. Yes! We have to live our dreams !!!!

    On Tue, 2 Jun 2020 at 08:21, Krishmotivationblogs wrote:

    > krish posted: ” A few days back, I met an old acquaintance of mine after a > long time. He was a sports enthusiast and during the course of our > conversation he mentioned about an experience when his raft had overturned > while negotiating a dangerous rapid in a mountain” >

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