Because I Can

I came across this quote:

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithlessand therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.”

― Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Photo credit: Moyan Brenn

Travelling makes me learn that I can follow my dreams. I CAN.

I am privileged to be able to test things out. To have startups, to fail and to learn from my mistakes. What about those who cannot risk as such? Travel made me realize that. Travel makes me think about how lucky I am. I never put it in perspective before.

I have a family who can support me if something happens. I have relatives that can help me. If I really fail, I can flip some burgers at the local McDonalds (provided that I have related customer service experience).

What about others who are less privileged? Some cannot due to their circumstances. When you are in a country that is going through a lot of political turmoil, you would be more worried about having ANY job.  Would you risk it all if you have a family to support in an economy when it is next to impossible to switch to more satisfying job.

I challenge you to follow your dreams too. So what if you fail? Live it. Experience it. Learn from it.