What happens when you follow your dreams

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People always talk about following dreams – how important it is, how wreckless it is, how valuable it is, how insensible it is.

Chances are that if you’re reading this, you choose to sit on the side of the fence that encourages dream following… if not, you might as well exit this window now – there’s not going to be any cynicism or pessimism here.

Why you should follow your dreams

Well, Why not?

The only reason people choose not to follow their dreams is fear. Fear of failure.

See the thing is we realise our dreams and crave to achieve them, but they mean so much to us that we find it easier to back away and do something mediocre with our lives because the alternative is ‘easy’ and achievable.

But because we’ve gone with our second, third, or fourth choice, we are left never feeling fulfilled.

Create a life you don’t need to escape.

If we instead chose to follow our dreams and do exactly what it is we wish to do, we wouldn’t feel the need to ‘get away’ and ‘escape reality’. Reality would be so good that we wouldn’t be left dreading Mondays, counting down til knock off time, or crossing off days on a calendar until we can flee the country.

You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them.

What happens when you follow your dreams

At the start of this year I chose to follow my dreams and travel the world full time. Somehow, some way, I managed to turn it into my full time job – pretty crazy, huh?

Travel is my passion.

For the last decade since I first went overseas I have been passionate about travelling the world – experiencing it not just for myself, but sharing it with others, too.

But by following my dreams and taking one insane leap of faith in doing so, I found complete and utter happiness as a byproduct.

I had always searched for happiness elsewhere – in relationships, friendships, material things… I was always looking for a ‘quick fix’, if you will.

But I never found it in its entirety — until now.

By following my dreams and doing exactly what it is I am passionate about without fear of failure, without fear of not having a viable career, without fear of being single at age 40 with a bunch of friendly felines lingering at my feet… without fear of anything. As a result of this, I can say with complete certainty that I am now the happiest version of myself that I believe I could ever be. Point blank.

Why you should always dream bigger

With that being said (and realised somewhere in the past 7 months travelling the world solo), I will continue to not just follow my dreams and turn them into a reality, but continue to make them bigger.

After all, the skies the limit!

We’ve all got the world at our feet – we just have to stop making excuses for ourselves, relying on others for happiness, and dig a little deeper into ourselves in order to find true happiness in its’ purest form.

By dreaming bigger and achieving better than ever before, we’re giving ourselves the opportunity to reach our full potential.

We were given legs to walk – but why walk when you can dance?

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    Vic Philpott (@VickyFlipFlop)
    August 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Hey Brooke, just been reading through some of your posts about why you went travelling. I’m from a small town too so it’s really good to hear about someone else just being a normal person doing something cool. At times it can definitely feel pretty overwhelming! Looks like you’re having a great time though πŸ™‚

    Ashley Randall
    August 18, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    This is exactly what I’m looking for. My dream isn’t travel (although I would indeed like to), but it is to live my life outside of the traditional 9-5 corporate structure. I’m getting there. That image of the dandelion is beautiful.

    Erin @ Snapbacks and Racing Flats
    August 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Such an inspirational post. Thank you for this.

    Rafael Castillo (Spanish School Nicaragua)
    August 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I enjoyed this post. We can follow our dreams

    August 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    The single best line in this article is
    “I am now the happiest version of myself that I believe I could ever be”

    …it made me scream ‘YES!’ inside. My ultimate aim is to live the highest version of myself possible for me in this lifetime, one that is ultimately not bound by fear.
    Deciding to leave my family and my friends and follow my heart is a decision that is not easy at all, particularly as so many of us believe that happiness is tied to people, or things.
    It isn’t. It’s tied to you fully expressing who you are in the world, and not being afraid of that.

    Thank you x

    August 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Good article Brooke! Very inspirational

    August 15, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I love this! It’s crazy how fear can control so many lives, and it’s something I’m definitely working on. I want to be excited about reality when I wake up.

    August 15, 2014 at 3:41 am

    I loved this post. It was so inspiring! I loved the quotes as well! Whenever I read your blog it makes me want to book a last trip airline ticket to anywhere! πŸ™‚

    August 15, 2014 at 2:38 am

    I’m with you on this one B.

    Love that way of life,

    August 15, 2014 at 12:39 am

    So inspirational!
    XO Janina

    August 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I think you have managed to put most of the dreamers thoughts into words here Brooke.

    I would rather live a life of no regrets than ‘what ifs’. Too many people can try nowadays to guide your choices into what society conceives to be socially accepted norms. I have come to believe this is because they are too afraid to go for their dreams themselves, maybe i am wrong but this has been my experience.

    I for one am looking forward to throwing off the restraints and living the life of my dreams traveling and now i encourage everyone i come across who has a dream but is unsure whether to pursue it or not to just go for it, we never know what we can achieve in life until we actually take the risk and try.

    August 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Great article Brooke! In my life, i am all about learning new things. I was unhappy for a couple of years but the last couple of months i’ve been to some huge changes. I moved out and bought a house with my boyfriend. Last week i quit my job and i will start at my dreamjob in a couple of weeks. I also started writing and i do a lot of things that make me truly happy. Thank you so much for being an inspiration and i hope to meet you some day (and hopefully while traveling πŸ™‚ )

    KarolinaPatryk Travel blog
    August 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Great article Brooke πŸ™‚
    You are right, fear is something that stops most people from fulfilling their dreams…
    Thanks that you are here, inspiring others to live their lives for 100%

    We are trying to the same thing on our blog πŸ™‚

    August 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    My tears are all over my cheaks now. I really can’t believe what I just read. It is the most powerful and most correct thing that fits perfectly my life that I have ever read before, my entire life.
    Thank you so much for making words for it and making me realize that I don’t have time to hesitate. Giving me the oppertunity to realize that I have nothing to lose.
    Thank you so much.
    Take care and make your dreams become reality.

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    August 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Such a beautiful place for visit. thanks for posting nice views

    August 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Lovely post! A lot of people are very cynical and think that if you choose to follow your dreams that you

    1. Do not comprehend real life
    2. You are doomed for failure

    But I think we only leave once, so we should not live vicariously!!!


    Amber Rhodes
    August 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Lovely inspirational post. I’m a fellow Aussie and love what you are doing. My blog is still small but I can’t wait until it reaches the height that yours has! Read your book on blogging yesterday, good job..very helpful!

    Betty J. Ogburn
    August 14, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    …Well, put–in this life, you just have to take chances and go for what you want!!…

    Clipping Path Outsource
    August 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Interesting post that was. I have enjoyed.

    August 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    So true. Life’s too short! I have so many friends at home who can’t understand how I can travel so much and not be completely broke. Simple – I budget, I save, I sell, and I make it work because NOT making it work feels so much worse.