To live your dreams

Of something totally different nature

A quick exchange here prompted me to think about living our dreams and write about it as I see it.

Moving and living in the West, US in particular has had different meaning and reason for each of us.  For me however, the biggest gift of living in US has been the ability to live my life and my dreams to the best of my ability regardless of how unusual those dreams may have been.

As an Iranian, much like most other Middle Eastern and more traditional societies, life to a great degree will be decided for us at the early age.  From early on, we are told what to study, what jobs should and when to get married not to mention who to marry.

Here in US,  it is much easier to break from those chains of the established rules and boundaries and one can follow his/her dreams far easier without being judged harshly or pressured or even outcast by the family.

Admittedly, my dreams have been a bit different then most yet there have been my dreams and I am tremendously grateful to have the opportunity to follow them.  

I strongly believe that life is too short to waste it, so live your dreams.

And here is a poster that I have had during the schooling years, working years and still hold dearly to read.

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
To weep is to risk being vulnerable
To reach out is to risk rejection
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To share your ideas and dreams is to risk their loss
To love is to risk your heart
To live is to risk dying
To hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure…

But a warrior will risk, knowing that the greatest defeat in life is to risk nothing.

Those who risk nothing do nothing, have nothing, give nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they also avoid learning, changing, growing, loving, and living.
Chained by their own fear, they are slaves who have forfeited their own freedom.
Only those who risk are truly free.

Although climbing remains my biggest passion in life, after my wife, my next dream is to fly to my mother-land but only when she is free from tyranny.

‘Hambastegi is the main key to victory’

Mehrdad 

 

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