It seems like everyone keeps going on about what they want to do, to be or to work as in the future.
Everyone is moaning that millennial’s are lazy, not willing to conform to society and making things difficult in the workplace.
On the other hand, there are those that are applauding the above, encouraging people to quit their jobs and chase their dreams, to travel the world, pave their own career paths.
It’s not always that simple.
Okay, yes, it’s fine to reach for the stars and follow your dreams.
But what about those of us who grew up before mainstream internet took hold. Those of us that have bills to pay, children to feed and a lifestyle to maintain.
If I were to quit my job a few years ago, we’d have lost everything. In fact, when I left my full time job to care for my husband we did actually lose our home.
I just think it’s probably a good idea to sit down and think about it before listening to those over exaggerated accounts on social media about how people are living out their dreams on Instagram. We all know it’s mostly bollocks don’t we?
What are your dreams?
At almost 30 I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve only recently discovered my calling in life. I want to work with animals, campaign for dog breeds welfare rights in the UK and qualify professionally as a dog groomer.
This is all a dream at present although I do work as a groomer and actively support campaigns on the internet. Mostly because I have terrible anxiety and struggle to leave the house most days let alone get out and do something productive to achieve my dreams.
That and the fact that I am a carer for my husband and have a lot to contend with on a daily basis.
If you have a job, a family and a house to pay for, you need to make sure that your dreams can actually become reality. Most of us are responsible adults now aren’t we?
You can’t play make believe when you hit adulthood. It just doesn’t work that way I’m afraid.
Is it a viable option?
Once you’ve worked out what it is you want out of life.
You need to ask yourself whether it’s even a go-er.
I mean, can you support yourself with this dream, is it something that you want to do long term.
Is there a place for it in this day and age, is it sustainable?
In the case of everyone and their dog wanting to become a blogger for some reason, people are literally setting up a website, quitting their jobs, demanding payment for sponsors and claiming that they are a full time blogger.
This is not the case.
People really need a reality check when it comes to working with influencers/bloggers, if your website is one week old, don’t expect much coz honestly, it ain’t gonna happen unless you hit an insane amount of luck.
It all comes down to money.
At the end of the day, people can say they want to live a minimalist lifestyle, they aren’t materialistic or they want to be frugal.
Everyone needs money even if they want to achieve the above.
Rent/mortgages aren’t paid by buttons.
If you want to obtain a mortgage you need a steady income stream plus a hell of a lot of savings.
Do you need public transport or a car for your dream? They cost money.
The internet, WIFI, costs money.
Money makes the world go round and the sooner people realise this the easier it will be.
I mean, yes, money doesn’t make us happy, and I for one am truly on the “just enough to survive list” but it is an unfortunate essential that we as adults need to survive in the world as it is today.
So, feel free to reach for the stars, just sit down and think about it all first.
– Emma Allen –
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