One weekend I talked to a stranger while I was warming up before a match. He asked, “What do you do?” I replied that I owned a software company. “Really? How admirable,” he said, “I have been wanting to work in animation design and freelance. This is my dream. But now I am caught up in the wrong office job.” I asked in a low voice, “You are alive, aren’t you?” He went on talking, “You don’t understand. I have been waiting ten years for this dream. But once you are married it would be difficult for you to do what you really like?”
I gave him many suggestions. But he always had plenty of excuses. He kept saying that, “With a family to feed and a full time job I can’t spare any time to do what I like.” At last I stopped talking. And I didn’t want to argue with him on our first meeting.
And now I understand that not everyone wants to devote all their time and energy to their dreams. And many people don’t know that they have to give something up if they want their dreams to come true.
I am still impressed and encouraged by the lines in the movie The Pursuit of Happiness, “You got a dream, you gotta protect it.” “Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me.“