I ran across this video of Jim Carrey’s commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management and there was so much of it that resonated with me that I felt the need to share it. In it, he speaks basically of following your heart and chasing your dreams. But more importantly, he talks about the dangers of settling for a safe life. One line in particular that really touched me was when he said, “I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which is that you could fail at what you don’t want so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.”
I’ve made nothing but safe choices in my life. Staying in a land that is stagnant to my creativity and growth, staying twelve years at a job that has chipped away slowly at my patience because who else was going to want me? Where else could I possibly go? How else was I supposed to make money?
I’ve never taken a chance at pursuing a career in writing because I’ve always been afraid. I’ve always thought, what if I’m not good enough? What if no one likes me? What if I fail?
Well, the result is that I’m not happy living the alternative either. And if I’m already unhappy chasing someone else’s dream, then I might as well go be unhappy chasing my own. I might as well go fail at being a writer because being a writer is all I really want to do.
Because at the heart of it all, I love to write. I’ve done it since I could hold a pen and failure isn’t going to stop my brain from always trying to achieve the most effective and poignant sequence of words. In my head, I’m always writing. Writing is a bigger part of me and trying to stop myself from doing it would be like trying to rip one of my arms off. No level of failure is ever going to end my love for writing. So whether I succeed or not isn’t the point of the matter. The point of the matter is to find myself immersed in words because that’s where I want to be.
I hope this helps inspire anyone out there who’s hoping for a sign or a push in the right direction. If you feel your heart begging you to give your dream a try then do so. As my therapist once said to me, “Don’t die with your music inside you.” Go out there and sing your song.