Have you ever met someone who told you they’re “Living the dream?”
I remember the first time I heard someone say that to me and it really made me do a double take. I felt taken over by a feeling of inferiority as if I was missing out on something. I think it was the assumptive genericism of using “THE” Dream instead of “MY” Dream that freaked me out so much.
Once I had a moment to reflect on my reaction I came to the conclusion that it would be more profound and less threatening if they had chosen to use a possessive pronoun instead of an article when describing something as powerful as DREAMS.
“The Dream” sounded as if it’s the same dream that’s shared by everyone. I thought “My Dream” would be more accurate as it’s something that’s more personal to me.
My dream would be…
- I want to work and contribute to humanity.
- I want to be with my wife, travel together, raise a great family and take on new adventures.
- I want to hang with my children and contribute to their growth, to always be there for them and watch them flourish.
- I want to have lots of alone time.
- I want to do fun things with my friends.
- I want to constantly learn new things, grow and be the best version of me.
- I want to help the people I meet to connect to people that they need to meet.
Hang on a minute, I am “Living My Dream” not “Your Dream” or “The Dream” but “My Dream!”
I think we’ve all been a bit mislead by Dream Marketers on this aspect. Living the dream sounds a bit exclusive, as if, I’m living the ideal and you’re probably not.
What’s ideal for you may not be ideal for me and vice versa. And by mere virtue of our uniqueness no two people will ever be able to have exactly the same life dreams.
The example I strive to show my children is to work hard to…
“Build Your Dream and keep contributing to your Dream and you will ultimately be “Living Your Dream”
Now, I want to know what your dreams are? Just scroll down to the comment section below and share away 🙂