Doing things you want and living the life you desire.

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    Apr 30, 2011 10:04 AM GMT
    I recently saw Bob Dylan (my idol) in concert.

    Whilst he does not sound the same as he did thirty years ago, it was still an amazing experience.

    However I did take something else from the concert. At the end of watching my idol at age 69 performing a great set list for two hours, I decided that after I finish my degree I am going to follow my dreams and try and do something with music.

    Let me point out that I am in no way comparing myself to Bob Dylan he will forever be in a league of his own. Also, before anyone mentions it I know how cliche this post sounds. But I decided to post something that was not about sex or the Middle East. icon_smile.gif

    What I wanted to know is are there any guys living out their dreams? Or have you just settled for the best next thing?

  • ohioguy12

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    Apr 30, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    I'll say always have a backup plan, because what you want can and probably will change. My entire life I wanted to work in News broadcasting, and after 2 years or so in the business, I realize I do like it, but it's not what I want to do for the rest of my life, so I'm going to grad school in the fall. If you want to do something in music then go ahead and give it a shot, I'm not sure exactly what you wanna do, but there are millions of people wanting to do something in music too. Just make sure you have a backup plan in case it's not what you wanna do 5 years or so from now or if you're not making enough money. Good luck!
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    Apr 30, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    For your sake, LIVE YOUR DREAMS! Don't fall into careers that, once you've been in them for several years you are high enough in seniority or on the pay scale that you can never take a step back and do what you want.

    My eldest sister once asked me:

    "On Monday morning, do you want to say, 'I HAVE to go to work' or 'I GET to go to work.' "

    Great advice! Wish I had followed it!
  • Doug688

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    Apr 30, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    Doing what's important for your soul/spirit will make you happier throughout life than settling for what makes transitory things like money. Just remember that to do something well takes 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration (to make it in music will take lots and lots of practice). I've seen many people leaving the corporate world to become teachers (education is my academic field) and most are much happier making that change. Remember that your work and your avocations may well have a range and will demand you balance your time and energy to some degree (I still work through lots of sheet music on my piano, playing just for me, even though my work is not music - I have to keep my passion alive and well also, so you can do more than one thing in life). Do as much as you have passion for and you'll be fine. icon_smile.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 01, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    I used to be one of those goals and objectives guys. I've got everything going for me, but I got my ass kicked and lost everything. Then fate finally showed it's hand and lead me down a different path. I went with the flow and now I'm one of those I GET to go to work guys, and I think I just met my new boyfriend at that workplace. All of the other 6 biillion people on the planet have an influence on where you go from where you are right now. You have no way of controlling that. Just wake up every day and make the best of the cards you have been dealt that day. You will come out on top, eventually.
  • Webster666

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    May 01, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    I think that you have to want it so badly that nothing anybody could ever say could ever talk you out of it.
    If you don't want it that badly, then think twice about doing it.
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    May 01, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    yada yada yada

    Life is a bitch and then you die.

    Enjoy every day that comes your way and don't spend time worrying and bitching about things you cannot change.
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    May 01, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    Student_90 saidWhat I wanted to know is are there any guys living out their dreams?
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    May 01, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    I'm living my dream. Is it hard? hell yes.

    Some days I think it would be so much easier and lucrative to have gone into the medical field because I would have more financial security.

    Well, who knows maybe later in life I will. But for now I am living my dream. I do what I love..

    And to everyone who said have a backup plan. screw you! Yes, I know it's a smart idea to have one. But I found myself spending so much time and effort working on my "backup plan" I couldn't spend as much time perfecting my craft and pursuing my dream.

    If you are lucky to find something you love and wish to pursue that dream. Go for it- but don't go for it half ass- be smart, yes- but you will NEVER get there unless you commit fully.

    I am lucky to have many mentors that have led me on my path and taught me a lot. Find a mentor too

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    May 01, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    Go for it.
    You won't regret it.

    good luck
  • alphatop

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    May 01, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    It is never too late to follow your dream. I used to live in very unstable country for 30 years. Than, on my 30th bday, I decided to get the fuck out of there, and to have a fresh start somewhere far away.
    Today, I am 35, living in the Far East, working, traveling and enjoying simple things in life. My dream was to travel the world, and I am living my dream. I say go for it. No regrets.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 01, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    This might sound like a topic within the topic, but it's how I feel:

    Looking back on my life, I have had the opportunity to work in an industry that many people only dream of. Then to completely change careers and start in a different line of work only to scratch and claw my way to a comfortable level....then to now work for a toxic employer in a completely different industry. I now feel empty and lonely.

    Oh, I can say I have met and dined with political leaders locally, state-wide and nationally. I also met Hall Of Fame baseball and football players (and didn't see the signs of a Major League Baseball shortstop flirting with me------still kicking myself for not seeing that). I used to be in demand locally to be on every not-for-profits Board of Directors, but all of this "good" came at a price: I gave up having a life for everyone else.

    Now that I'm virtually invisible, I'm empty.

    On the flip side, I have great friends here on RJ that I love and respect greatly. You guys have brought some direction back into my life and have been there for me when I was feeling down.

    I have had opportunities, but now that I'm older (dead by employment standards), I felt as if I have missed out on life completely and cannot ever see the life I desire. It isn't as if I want "more," right now I just want "something."
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    May 01, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
    I feel for people who read this and think they're NOT living out their dreams.

    To them I would say...yes, you can at least live out SOME of your dreams in ways both small and large. I don't think anybody gets to live out all their dreams every day, all the time, with a permanent smile on their face. This would be unrealistic.

    Life is a process and journey. Success is more fleeting or temporary than we like. You have to grab your dreams as you can. If you've always wanted a tattoo...go get one. If you've always wanted to make a cross country road trip...find a way to make it happen.

    So if you want to be a musician...don't hold back. Give it your best efforts...and then some.
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    May 01, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    well most certainly pursue your dreams, but don't delude yourself into thinking that Dylan (Zimmerman) has anything to do with music . . . he, like Guthrie, Seeger, Springsteen, and so many of their epigone, produces something that I call music for non-musical people . . .

    . . . your fantasy is, at best, misplaced and misguided . . . tone deaf, like your idols
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    May 06, 2011 12:59 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the encouragement guys! I do have a back up plan!

    And to the last person. Did you just slander Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. SHAMEFUL!