Jill achieved her dream!
I visited my older daughter at her new apartment in Brooklyn yesterday.
It’s nice. Brand new, in fact! She and her housemates are the first people to occupy it. And it looks it.
It’s the perfect place if you’re in your early 20’s. Or your late 50’s, if that’s what you like.
After I took a look at the place (and dropped off the groceries she wanted), we took the train into lower Manhattan. She works in the Google building. What an amazing environment!
As a parent, I’m proud of her. Jill had a vision of what she wanted her life to look like. She loved the idea of urban living. It was probably her highest priority at the time.
Not using her new college degree to climb a corporate or academic ladder, although that would have been fine too.
She knew what she wanted her life to look like…and feel like.
And she structured her life, and her effort in a way that would allow it to happen.
See that photo? That’s the subway station she goes to each morning. She crosses the East River and steps out into a job and an environment that thrills her.
Funny thing is, my parents’ generation did everything they could to get out of Brooklyn. She did everything she could to get back in.
If she had listened to what other people told her should be important, she’d be living their life, not her own.
Just about everyone who winds up on this blog has a vision for their lives.
One they want badly, but is “impractical” for how their lives are going at the present moment.
You dreams are yours.
No one has the right to tell you you’re wrong for having them.
And you will hear people tell you you’re wrong. I’m sure you already are.
Almost all of them are trying to protect you from what they don’t understand.
Try not to be angry.
And don’t cave.
It’s going to take desire, but also fortitude.
As in personal strength.
You can gently stay on your path.
Or if need be, you can say, “screw you, I’m going after mine.”
Put some structure in your life. It’ll help.
Take care of the people you committed to taking care of. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s grounded in love.
And respect and honor the dreams that were put into you.
Let them unfold in their own way.
Go get them.
You’re worth it.
What dream have you gone after? What dream did you have that you backed away from?
How did things turn out?
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