“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
Henry David Thoreau.
Koh Tao sunset.
Welcome back to reality. It is the cold heard truth I have become faced with coming back from 8 months of travelling. And working. This is the common presupposition that most people hold on my return. The cold hard truth hits you. Now you are again one of us. Put in the hours, do the time. Do what you don’t want to do because we all do it.
Is it a surprise that so many people are dissatisfied? Even if it harbours a restless soul?
Work is hard. Even music I find challenging and downright frustrating. I remember a Steve Angello quote on twitter. Remember this man has been part of one of the most successful electronic music groups of the last 5 years (Swedish House Mafia). He recognised that his record label did not bring him much money but it was “good for the soul”.
So there is the implicit difference. Doing something because you “have” to, because someone told you to or you feel an obligation to. As against something that you do that nourishes you, nurtures you and supports your internal soul satisfaction.
In the end when you look at your own mortality you realise:
“You can’t take money with you”.
“You can’t take possessions with you”.
I had Youtube on and it was flicking through some songs. On came Bruno Mars. I respect the guy, he is doing his thing. And it was a live concert with Sting, Lady Gaga and a number of other mainstream artists. And do you know who they were commemorating? Bob Marley. Wow. Here is a man who has been dead for zions and still his LEGACY lives on. The same applies to Kurt Cobain and Michael Jackson. The list goes on.
Why does your reality have to be steeped in suffering and struggle? Why can’t it be a life you dreamed about? It is a mindset problem.
My friend Sam has reinvented herself. In order to pursue her dream she had to move state. Was it hard? Yes, I saw her working in the spud shop while I was drinking on Grand Final Day. She had a vision of her purpose. And she is living the dream now. Her company is paying for her honours program. It beats accepting her previous reality.
Change is uncomfortable. Routine is not. That’s why people choose routine. I have had patients who would rather stay in pain than change a routine. We have been conditioned to be so risk adverse that we would rather let someone fix us than be proactive. They stay in jobs that make them sick in order to perpetuate the cycle.
You can build your dream life. But it is not easy. And that is different for everyone.
I leave with you with this:
“Row row row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily merrily merrily merrily
Life is but a dream.”