Well my Fourth of July holiday did not go quite as I had expected it to go. The plans that I had fell through and I in many ways felt as if I was sacrificed and a little taken for granted. It made me wonder just how much is too much to sacrifice for your dream. I know that I have said in the past that there is nothing that I wouldn’t sacrifice (unless it had to do with my daughter) to become the successful writer and media mogul that I feel I am destined to be. Perhaps I should change that to nothing within reason.
I think that sometimes people get so caught up in the pursuit of their dream and their vision that they have moments where they start to neglect the people that they claim are important to them and begin to disregard how they feel. They may even scold those people for “not understanding what it is they are trying to do” and try and make it as if they have done something wrong when in reality they may be starting to forget that there are things outside of their pursuit and their goals that are just as important.
I think that it is 100 percent important for people who have that dream and that vision and that place that they are trying so desperately to reach, to try everything they can (with reason, and that is legal) to get themselves there. Having said that, I do not think that it is okay to forget or neglect the people who have been there for you during the process or to act as if the only thing that matters is what you want, at least not if those people are supposed to be your true friends and your support system.
People that are there for you and support you on your path are just as important as the journey that you are taking and I think that we as artists or just as entrepreneurs should try and remember that when we are pushing the people closest to us away for the sake of our craft. I am willing to sacrifice many things for the sake of my dreams, for my destiny, but I refuse to act as if the people that are around me and that have been there for me don’t matter just to pursue them. Now if there is someone in your life that you realize that you have been neglecting or taking for granted lately for the sake of your craft and in pursuit of those goals, just remember that those people are just as important and just as our craft, or careers, need tending to, so do the relationships that we hold dear.
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3 thoughts on “How Big Should the Sacrifice Be?”
Great Post. I find myself guilty of this very thing. It’s hard not to develop tunnel vision. It’s soooo hard to balance relationships while building an empire. I think that you have to schedule fun and down time just as you schedule your daily business tasks.
A truly touching post, and a very common occurrence. I’ve heard many who moved into their dream speak about their break from loved ones who persisted with habits that keep them all in the (so-called) struggle. That’s a hard choice to make, which I think if the one really cared about this individual they wouldn’t think twice about leaving ‘a loved one’ with that choice to make.
As a parent I agree, I would sacrifice myself for my children, but would never request that my children to sacrifice their dreams for me.