Realizing the dream
February 5, 2011 § 9 Comments
A few days ago, a question was brought up during dinner at one of my professors’ house (yes, indeed, he invited students to his house to have dinner, bond, and we even got to play with his adorable kids):
“If you were not doing science, what would be your alternative dream occupation?”
There, Prof V. said it. The billion dollar question for students like us. (In case you are wondering why he said “science” specifically, it is because we all attend a small private college that trains engineers and scientists. We are therefore “destined” to travel down the path of science, so to speak.)
The eight of us students contemplated on this question as we chewed quietly over the delicious lasagne, fruits & nuts salad, and warm crusty slices of bread that Mrs V. had so kindly prepared for us. At the corner of the table, Diego and Isabella silently put food in their mouths, or rather, smeared pasta sauce all over their faces.
“A professional rapper.”
“Dancer. Ballroom, jazz, ballet, modern.”
“Anything related to dinosaurs.”
“A yoga teacher.”
“Open a fusion cuisine restaurant.”
It was at once odd and inspiring to hear these hidden dreams coming from my fellow classmates. Although there were some that you could predict based on observing the person’s hobbies, there were others that were unexpected.
At my school, you can only find 6 types of people: Engineers, Computer Scientists, Physicists, Chemists, Mathematicians, and Biologists. We literally sleep, breathe, eat science. Of course we have our musicians, artists, and dancers, but for most people these are simply hobbies. I daresay that for most students here, it is indeed true that their dreams are to become successful engineers, biologists, mathematicians, physicists, chemists, computer scientists, etc., but that one question at the dinner table made me wonder how many actually want to pursue their other dreams? How many are “forced” into the science field either because (1) their parents want/expect them to, (2) job titles in these fields seem more professional and respected, or (3) they want to feel important?
That question directed towards us was almost like asking a 4-year-old what he/she wants to be when he/she grows up. A fireman, a police officer, a pilot, a princess, a singer, a dancer, a hair stylist…their answers come from their hearts, their inner instincts. But if you ask them again 20 years later, what would their honest answers be? Would those answers be different from what they are currently doing now? Or have they actually went ahead to pursue their dreams?
And then I thought of myself, how in my previous post I have realized what my heart really wants (at least for the time being), and I am actually taking mini steps towards achieving that dream. True, many people first enter the professional field to do “important” things first and earn money, and then pursue their dreams after they’ve retired. But how do they know how long they are going to live? What if tomorrow you get killed in a car accident, and you’ll never get to live your dreams? (Or, what if the world indeed ends in 2012…haha)
Life is too short and unpredictable to put off those “less important” things.
I’m not saying that you should all quit your jobs now and chase after your dreams this second (that would be too radical). Instead, realize what your dreams are, and begin making conscious little steps towards them.
Me? I’ve already taken my first baby step towards my dream.
I got accepted and now I am officially going to Yoga Thailand for my Foundation Teacher Training in June!!! This will mark the start of my journey towards becoming a yoga teacher, and I am super duper excited! I think the idea of it is what’s keeping me churning and powering through these last few months of college. As cliche as this may sound, but I can’t think of better words to describe it. This may be the end, but it’s also another beginning.
Sorry, corny I know. 😛