People say you should give it your best shot. Because that way, even if you… ‘fail,’ at least you know you tried; things didn’t work out the way you wanted them to and perhaps there’s a reason for it (or at least you’d like to think so). In every cloud there’s a silver lining, and a rainbow at the end and all that, right?
Sometimes people say, if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself up and try again… (Aaliyah, anyone?) Yeah, who says things has to work out the first time around? Otherwise how did the saying third time’s the charm came about? Some people take longer than others to achieve something… but they achieve it in the end through perseverance and faith in themselves.
But sometimes… you’re only kidding yourself. Like auditioning for American Idol when you’re tone deaf. Like wanting to be a model when you’re only five feet three. (No, that’s not self’s deeply-harboured secret – am five feet one, for starters. ) Mean… logically, practically, it’s impossible to be a model when you’re physically lacking. Maybe hand model lah… but not a catwalk model, or a model in the conventional sense.
Do you give up then? Do you bury that dream because it’s never going to happen; too many obstacles, growing sense of frustration each time you hit a roadblock in fulfilling your dream? Or do you keep the faith, trudge on through the hard times, and never stop hoping that you’d get lucky one day? Because there are people in life who’ve been told they should give up on their dream, only for them to achieved that said dream in the end…
Sure, you could always choose another dream to achieve, but that’s not the point. We’re talking the one dream you’ve ever had in your life, the one thing that you could die happy immediately after getting it. The kind of dream that you lie in bed thinking about it, the kind that you daydream during a boring class, the kind either everybody who knows you knows about it, or the kind that only your closest friends know as one of your deepest secrets.
If you choose to continue pursuing the dream that’s most unlikely to happen, would it be considered as dwelling on something that’s unattainable, or would it be considered as persevering your faith in yourself?
And if you choose to give it up, would it be the best, practical option – cut your losses, move on in life, plenty of things to fill your cup with – or would it be a waste? A dream shattered, disillusioned!