“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” – Louisa May Alcott
I know an amazing woman – who, when she graduated from University and was asked about her aspirations, and being young and exuberant – said she wanted to be a conflict resolution advocate, a wife and a mother.
Now, I’m not sure how she thought she would accomplish all of this, but she was full of hope. She saw herself going around the world solving its problems, making it a better place.
Fast-forward quite a few years later, and she has achieved some of her aspirations, however not as she had hoped – not because she didn’t have the ability to achieve them all – but because her aspirations have changed as she developed and evolved through her life.
She now has the main purpose of wanting to provide for her children’s future and be there for them, which she feels is somewhat not very aspirational, and far from her previous ambitious plans. However, she points out that sometimes dreaming about what you want to be, is actually more exciting than being it!
We all aspire. We all have hopes and dreams of how our lives will be.
For some, this comes from the programs we watch on tv, the books we read, the magazine articles based on the lives of the rich and famous, our social environment, and the hopes of our parents.
I know a young man in his late twenties whose aspiration is to be someone who bridges the gap between the creative arts and the tech field; like a new school Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Elon Musk all rolled up into one.
He also wants to produce an animated series using his life experience for self-development, to empower others and encourage positive thinking. Furthermore, he would like to travel the world, learn about different cultures, and gain a different experiences in the hope of being of better service to the universe.
When speaking with him I was really impressed – so much so that I didn’t have the heart to ask him how he would achieve this and in what timeframe! His passion for his purpose was so overwhelmingly inspiring.
“The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.” – Reginald Saki
Most young people I seek to aspire to get really good jobs, own their first home before they are thirty, or to travel the world before settling down. But almost always are aspirations of social status, luxury lifestyles or materialistic fantasies.
As with the woman I mentioned earlier, as the young mature and their life circumstances change, it is usually evident that aspirations change more towards providing for others, being a role model for the people they are responsible for in life, and creating experiences and memories to treasure.
The simplest aspirations I have come across was someone who said they wanted to be a musician, write stories that people can relate to, and live a long and happy life with people who love, accept and appreciate them.
Most importantly, they want whatever they do to make the world (and all the people in it) a better place.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Works of Anatole France
So, with 2020 being the start of a new year, and new decade, now is as good-a-time-as-any to think about your dreams…
…What are your aspirations and how will you make sure you achieve them?
…Just remember, to achieve your aspirations, you need to go one step beyond dreaming them – you need to make a solid plan and action it in order to achieve them!