A dream, a tale of winning and losing

Every once in a while, I come to crossroads in life faced with lot of choices and not knowing what to do. I take a deep breath, and find solace in these words from Alchemist.

“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation and, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Then, a seed of thought is sown in my mind and a dream is born. I nurture it with my ambitions and convictions. It starts to grow past the boundaries and up towards the sky. It becomes so much a part of me, yet may seem very surreal.

One fine morning, a dream to pursue my passion took birth in me. A dream to follow my heart, live the life I wanted and the way I decide it would be. But, with every step towards my dream, I found something pulling me back. It took me a while to realise that restraining factor is not external, but the inherent fear of changing my current way of life and stepping out of comfort zone.

The fear stemmed from my belief that to gain something in life, I would have to lose something. The fear of losing something was scary, that my life came to a standstill. I could achieve my dream, but at the end of it, what if I have to leave behind someone I love, some relationships I value, some beliefs and value systems or my own past achievements.

I was caught up in a dilemma and the question which tormented my heart was whether dreams always come at a cost. For once, I decide to take a chance. I turned a deaf ear to what my brain told me and my heart took over the reins of my life.

Today, I am living my dream. And I have an answer to all who ask the cost of a dream. Yes, all dreams are tales of winning and losing. I won a life I always wanted to have, but in the process I have lost something. I have lost my fear, inhibitions and the barriers that I put up around my life. I opened the windows to my heart, my mind was filled with brightness and the power of a dream has given wings to my life.