A research carried out by Jane McGonical, a game developer who wanted to know what the 5 highest regrets of the elderly were, had the line below as number 5 on the list.
“I wish I had lived a life true to my dreams; instead of what others expected of me”
Apparently, everyone would, at some point realize what their dreams are/were and it’ll be time to choose either of two pains. Life would present you with the PAIN A and PAIN B but while you can swallow the first pain immediately, you can’t swallow the other pain until much later in life.
PAIN A is the pain of grinding, planting, enduring, hoping, hustling; just name it. The pain of sacrificing the regular “go to school – get a job – settle down”, kind of life for the “Go to school but if school is a distraction; drop out” kind of life. The pain of having no one believe in that dream that only you can see, when you close your eyes.
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It’s painful when you’re putting in all the effort and nothing seems to be coming out of it. It’s painful when at the end of the month, you can’t even afford to cover your utilities. Just as it’s painful when the jeweler sits comfortably at the furnace, refining the gold. It’s painful but he sits there because he knows what it’ll look like by the time he’s done.
It’s a pain almost everyone tries to avoid.
PAIN B is that one life doesn’t allow you swallow till much later in life. It’s the REAL PAIN. It has actually killed more people than you can imagine. It’s the pain expressed by those old guys from that research. The agony of looking back and seeing that you didn’t live a life true to your dreams.
The pain of realizing you sat behind a desk for 40 hours every week, living from the paycheck to paycheck, fantasizing about becoming a chef, a photographer or an artist but you never gathered enough courage to ever live that life. When you look back and your terribly shaky hands can barely hold your walking stick still, talk less of a camera.
Keep being productive.