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An Intern's Perspective - Chasing your dreams!


How far are you willing to go? Everyone has a dream, some smaller and some bigger. In my short time of 20 years on this earth so far, one of the things I’ve noticed while just walking down the street is from the businessman that’s always talking on the phone, to the mother walking her children to school, to the person asking for spare change, all of them at least at one point in their life had a dream. 

I’m far from an expert on life, but I know for a fact that any dream or goal in life that is easy is usually not worth it. It is just a matter of whether you are willing to work for it. The two roads that we all come across when pursuing them won’t change. One road leads to the top of a mountain where your dream sits waiting for you. However, the road is steep, rocky, and missing in some parts. The other road is flat, smooth, and straight. Most people choose that one, the easy one, but this road leads you nowhere. They stay there because they don’t know if they can make it up the hard road.

“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

Fear is what stops them. The fear of not making it in the end, the fear of getting hurt in the process, or even the fear of making it up there and not being able to handle it! Unfortunately, most people lose their fighting spirit because of this, and then convince themselves they don’t want their dream anymore. If there is one thing I’ve learned during reality-based self-defence training here at Global Alms, it is to never give up during the fight. I look at my dreams in the same way. Always fight for what you want because nobody is just going to hand it to you. You are fighting for your life, or what makes you feel alive.

I come from a small farm-town in America, so small it’s easy to miss seeing it on a map unless you’re keen on finding it. After my last year of high school, I wasn’t sure what my dream was. Most kids my age had it in their minds that they were going to a university if they were smart enough, joining the military if they were fit enough, or just staying home doing nothing until they eventually figured it out. My idea was to take classes at a university and then enrol in a military program during the year, but while I was sitting in my class, I realised something. It wasn’t even my dream, so I took a step back and asked myself if I really wanted that. I found that I was limiting myself and was refusing to step outside my comfort-zone when thinking about the future.

“There is no limit to what your mind can achieve, what your heart can accomplish, and what your soul can realize.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

Very few people are willing to take a leap of faith. If you asked me a year ago if I was going to be on the other side of the world doing what I do now, I’d fall over laughing. You never know what your possibilities are unless you explore them. I have made bonds with people that will last a lifetime, I have challenged myself, and I have grown as a person extraordinarily fast since I’ve been here. 

Once you realise that you are limitless, you know that there is nothing that can stop you from your dreams except yourself. You still have time, go for it!

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