Liz Clark is a water women. A college surfing star at UCSB, she had grown up sailing to the Channel Islands. Her dream was to sail to the South Pacific and find the perfect swell. She has been living her dream for 7 years now. She has a very cool perspective on how to live your dream and why they are so important to you and making the world a better place. Here is an excerpt from her blog:
"So aside from the obvious reason that following your dreams and
living your passions makes us, as individuals, happier and more
fulfilled, I believe there is a Greater reason why doing so is
important…So let’s break down my theory…:)
We are each born with a great, unique potential. All of us have a
different call or purpose in this life that cultivates a deep yearning
to be fulfilled through physical experience. Imagine…you can know that
you want to be a great chef, a wandering traveler, a singer/song-writer,
or the proud owner of a business, but until you actually have that
experience, there is an inevitable part of you that doesn’t feel
complete. Or maybe you don’t quite know what you want, but you know you
need to go figure it out. I’ve come to believe that the best thing that
we can do for ourselves, our families, and for the world is to hear and
follow our hearts and calls. The alternative is living in quiet
frustration, haunted by whispers of what ‘could be’ or ‘could have
been’. We can attempt to repress these whispers, to push them deeper,
but I don’t think they ever truly go away…
But it’s never too late to hear and honor them! Even a small step
toward living closer to our truest self makes us feel more alive, more
vibrant, more inspired, and closer to the person and potential we know
brews within us. Every time we make a choice that moves us in that
direction, even slightly, vitality trickles in. We often don’t know what
we’re moving toward or even what we really want, but we do know
which steps feel like progress and which don’t. Trial and error, forward
and back, faster, slower, but eventually closer to what feels right.
We tell ourselves a thousand reasons why we should not move towards our dreams and goals: “There’s too much risk!” … “I’m comfortable…” “I don’t want to fail…” “I have a family to support…” I say the risk of regret is much riskier. I say that comfortable is caustic and that the only failure is having never tried. And for the noble householder, I say, what better example, what more important message could you pass along to your children and/or partner, than: ‘Become the greatest You!’, and ‘Live a life you Love!’?? The joy and peace transmitted through this example are worth more than all the material things you could ever provide.
This could seem like a selfish concept at first, as it may not intuitively link to uniting humanity and saving the planet. But wait…I’m getting there…Doing what we really want to do in life can seem a little selfish, probably because we are taught from youth that sacrificing ourselves for others and doing what society needs us to do is what makes us worthy and admirable (…granted that sometimes there are situations and consequences that demand our responsibility and/or we should always avoid hurting people and use integrity when making decisions!). But in general, our society teaches us that achievements are the things that you can note on your CV or measure in the number of zeros in your salary.
I say achievements are the decisions we make and actions we take to be true to ourselves. I say learning to truly love Oneself is our greatest achievement…and hearing our dreams and calls is a powerful path to getting there. It’s a process, and the road is long and windy, but in my opinion, it’s not money or fame or letters of recommendation that make us admirable. Admirable is each small, humble, and inwardly-celebrated step that we make toward becoming more self-aware, changing habits that don’t serve us and others, and living a life we believe in.
And so, with great courage, we might take a step towards living our version of a more authentic life. Initially, your loved ones might feel betrayed, but with persistent, loving explanations, the people who really love you will understand and want you to seek happiness. Your choosing to do so is a very powerful statement that they can too. As you walk, no matter how slowly, toward each small goal and higher vision of yourself, you give others courage and reason to do the same. This courage is profoundly contagious. And it all starts with a small decision to go within and listen to what you really want out of life. "
Read the entire post here.