For God‘s Sake, Follow Your Dreams

We were just about getting ready to warm up for the practice game over the weekend when I had an interesting conversation with one of the team mates I actually didn't know quite well.

"So what do you do?" he asked. "Well, we work for ourselves, we run a software company", I replied. "Oh really! That's awesome! I work for a company, but you know I always wanted to get into animation design and work for myself. It was my dream. I got stuck in the wrong industry."

"You ain't dead yet, are you?" I thought trying hard not say that aloud. He continued "You know, I've been wanting to do this for 10 years now, but once you have a family,it's very tough to do anything else."

I couldn't resist anymore, so I said "That's great, if you really want to do that, maybe you should take up some animation classes, or do some self learning at your own pace. That would be a good start". Pat came the reply "Nahh it's very difficult, with family, full time job, no time. I would love to, but I can't."

Reluctantly, I suggested "Then maybe you should consider training full time for a few weeks/months and perhaps dive in full-time?" He looked at me like I had just asked him to cut off his right hand. "Are you crazy? Where will the paycheck come from?"

Realizing this conversationwas heading towards an argument with someone I didn't know very well at the first place, I chose to just smile and leave it at that. But it made me think.What is it with people refusing to take some risks to follow their dreams. Are their dreams not worth it? If not, why do we sulk about them later? Don't we owe it to ourselves to at least give our dreams a fair shot?
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