In the last year of my language studies, we were given the choice of focusing on teaching or translation. At the time, I wanted to be both a teacher and a translator. I wanted to become an audiovisual translator so that I could translate movies from English into Spanish. Making the subtitles for foreign movies was my ultimate goal. I imagined my name in the credits at the end of the movie: “Translated by Jessica Araus.”
However, after graduating from college, I put all my effort into becoming an English teacher. I knew that finding a job as an English teacher would be easier than finding a job as a translator. Thoughts such as “Someday I’ll study audiovisual translation” made me put my dream on pause. But my dream remained on pause for over ten years, and eventually died. I know it died because I don’t feel it anymore, and because I no longer want to be a translator. I have to admit that the day I came to this realization, I felt a bit sad. It was almost like a feeling of mourning. To really let go of that dream, I got rid of the many audiovisual translation manuals and books that were accumulating dust in my bookcase.
So what do I want to do now? I want to write books and articles for recognized websites. I’ve already added a new job title to my LinkedIn profile that says “Freelance writer,” something I’d never thought I could do. Part of my new dream has already manifested. My writing has been featured on some major websites including TUT, Positively Positive, The VIA Institute on Character, and Steven Aitchison, just to name a few. Writing has taken over, and I am determined to go on my new path. Perhaps this change of priorities contributed to the extinction of my old dream.
I’ve learned that dreams come with an expiration date and if we do not take action on our dreams, they die. Some dreams are like expired products – you can still try to eat them, but they might not taste so good anymore.
“The good news about dreams dying is that new dreams are born.”
My mom, who is 55 years old, is transitioning from being employed to being self-employed and embarking on her new dream of having a business. She always wanted to be a nurse, but life was complicated when she was little. My grandmother had 10 children and couldn’t afford to give higher education to all of them, including my mom. My mom did let go of her dream to become a nurse. However, like me, she now has new dreams.
In the end, the only person who can decide when the time has come for a dream to die is you. You have the ultimate word. You can try to pursue an old dream of yours, or you can let it go.
Just be careful with your new dreams. These will eventually expire too if you put them on a waiting list. If you keep saying to yourself “Someday I’ll take piano lessons”, “Someday I’ll write a book”, or “Someday I’ll go on a road trip,” that “someday” will kill your dreams.
Check on your dream like you check on the tank of your car. Keep the thank full and give it maintenance.
Make a plan. Dreams do not respond to a simple desire. They respond to definite plans. Write your dream down, make it part of your vision board, ask for help, and do whatever you have to do until it comes to realization.
Dreams are a reflection of the soul, and we all deserve to achieve them. Can you see the beauty of your dreams?
Finally, I’d like to encourage you to watch the following video, which holds the core message of this post. It’s less than three minutes long. I hope it will inspire you to take a small action today.