Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tossing in the Towel?

This recession sucks. I’ve watched as slowly the dreams of many recent college graduates have been corroded from concurrent rejection across the board, and the passion of my friends has reduced to a vapid memory. I’m not immune to this affliction; I’ve become pensive in envisioning my future where before I imagined my future in a blithe and dreamy fashion.

I recently learned that a childhood friend of mine that had always dreamed of working in broadcast journalism has decided to forego the world of TV news and is pursuing a more tangible career in education. While this is the only specific, isolated example I can think of, it is disheartening. Not that education is by any means a deplorable field, but when a dream falls apart, where does all that hope go? And with one more throwing in the towel, I wonder if my time will come? Will I also soon succumb to the realization that my stable job will have to suffice and my dreams will take home on a dusty shelf within the museum of youthful dreams?

2 comments:

Jeff said...

I cannot wait to look back on this post with you while we are opening your "new job" wine. This day WILL come. You cannot give up on your dreams. You have too many things to offer and it is only a matter of time before the right opportunity arises for you and your journey begins.

“We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. Many times in our lives we see our dreams shattered and our desires frustrated, but we have to continue dreaming. If we don’t, our soul dies… …
The Good fight is the one we fight because our heart asks it of us…
…The Good fight is the one that’s fought in the name of our dreams. When we’re young our dreams first explode inside us with all of their force, we are very courageous, but we haven’t yet learned how to fight. With great effort, we learn how to fight, but by then we no longer have the courage to go into combat. So we turn against ourselves and do battle within. We become our own worst enemy. We say that our dreams were childish, or too difficult to realize, or the result of our not having known enough about life. We kill our dreams because we are afraid to fight the good fight." The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

I know you will accomplish your dreams. Don't forget who you are and what you have achieved so far. I am convinced that you can do anything that you set your mind to. You are a truly amazing person Allison. Don't ever forget that.

ea10is said...

Sometimes "dreams" change and it isn't so much a matter of defeat as it is a determined shift in priorities or direction.