Taking the Path Less Traveled

Everyone has oceans to fly, if they have the heart to do it.  Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?

-Amelia Earhart

Have you ever felt an immense drive to go after a dream to the point that every nerve of your body urges you to do so? As Amelia Earhart had stated on her quote, each one of us has our very own oceans to fly – dreams that we yearn to realize into reality. However, it seems that many of us have let our dreams remain merely dreams because in order to make them come true, hard work, perseverance and making the choice to be reckless are absolutely necessary.Unfortunately, for most of us, this is something that we are so stubbornly unwilling to do.

As human beings, we have a tendency to opt for what is safe. We lean towards the option that allows us to take the least risks or, if possible, no risks at all. We often seek and choose the options that are most logical, comfortable and those which align with conformity despite our knowledge that this counteracts with our longing to do something extraordinary – to live out our dreams and create a purpose driven, meaningful life which often demands for us to swim against the current.

We perceive taking the road less traveled as extremely daunting because it requires us to garner a deep faith and the belief that no matter what challenges or obstacles we face in the journey to our dreams, we have what it takes to make it happen if we just persevere and keep going. This means that we need to consistently refuse to be swallowed by fear, to take risks and to make sacrifices. As frightening as this sounds, if we make the choice to step out of our comfort zone and move onward against all odds, we would inevitably discover and attain priceless rewards and opportunities along the way. Henry David Thoreau, one of the most brilliant philosophers of all time had eloquently said “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours”.

Looking back, having had my own experiences of taking risks, I couldn’t agree more with what Thoreau had concluded. By choosing options that I felt were most true to who I am despite the palpable fear, challenges and disapproving opinions of others, I was able to grow exponentially as a human and spiritual being and the experiences have lead me closer to who I want to become as well as to the life I envision myself of living. When one asks whether I would take those risks all over again, I would answer “yes” in a heart beat. These experiences were all interconnected and have helped shaped me to become who I am today and I would not want my life to unravel any other way.

Instead of taking of taking the well worn path, start making the decision to listen to the restless feeling that your head may tell you to ignore but your heart will tell you to pursue. Stay true, be reckless and hold yourself to exceptional standards regardless of what others may think.

Success in life isn’t about conforming to the expectations of others,  it’s about boldly carving your very own path. Begin your journey by making small steps towards your dreams and most importantly, start now because there is no better time to take those first steps towards living the life you have always imagined than this very moment.

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