If a tree falls when no one is around, does it make any noise?
Of course it does! You know why? Because it’s a tree! And when a tree falls, it makes noise. The tree doesn’t make noise because someone is around it, but rather, because it’s a tree. We need to view our dreams and passions similar to the tree. If our dreams are never realized, and our passions never fulfilled, will anyone know? Will anyone care? No. Expecting the world to love you because you have dreams is like expecting the tree to be silent when it crashes, that just doesn’t happen. Our lives, our dreams, our passions, are meant to be realized and remembered, not hidden and unknown.
The next time a voice in your head tells you to “be quiet about your dreams and passions”, just ignore it. Tell that thought, “Shut up, trees do make noise even if people aren’t around.” When fear enters our thoughts, it corrupts our dreams and paralyzes our passions. Fear is good at stopping dreams from being realized by convincing you that it’s silly, or stupid, or unattainable. But you know what’s more powerful than fear and its lies? Passion. Your passion is like a fire for your dreams. If you allow it to grow and build, it will spread like a wildfire. So, then next time a scary thought crosses your thoughts, or a doubting voice questions your next move, just take a deep breath, and carry on. The journey to you dream is going to get hard. It’s not all sunny days and roses. You’ll have the great days, but as someone once said “You can’t have the rainbows without the storms.”
Our lives are filled with storms; some big, some small and some we don’t even notice. But throughout it all, as long as we stand strong with our eyes focused on our dreams and our body fueled by our passions you will weather each and every storm. And when you reach your dream, it will have been because of the stormy days that you can appreciate the blue skies. We take things for granted because we don’t appreciate their purpose. Take a moment to realize the greatness in your life, in yourself and your surroundings. And when the next storm hits, and you’re being pelted by all sides, just remember the good times, the good moments, and the greatness that is life. We can choose to avoid the storms and stay in our comfort zone, or we can choose to weather the storms and aim for greatness. I choose greatness.