To dream means to innovate... to disrupt.... to challenge the norm.... to put a dent in the universe!
Being bold enough to dream can be met with disdain; the result of an envy prompted by one's own lack of ambition. Once an unproven concept produces success, the doubters become adopters.
...because that's what most people do.....
Laugh at those bold enough to try until following them takes no courage.
There is a difference between being risk-adverse and bold. If you are going to live an inspired life, you are going to have to stop relying on statistics to make decisions for you.
Your mom probably thought your dad was annoying before he worked up the courage to exemplify his true being. That time you and your friends from the neighborhood beat the first place team would have never happened if you let the bullies intimidate you. So many great songs are written in response to somebody who positioned our humble narrator as lesser. There is a romance in being the underdog.... when you lose the underdog mentality, you become just like everyone else.
What's the use of strapping on your shoes if you aren't going to use them to kick some ass?
I hate the macho mentality and the hate it breeds. Parents who play placate gossip usually raise their kids to be assholes. If you've never stuck up for yourself, dared to dream, challenged authority or risked being unpopular; you have not lived a day.
You have the rest of your life to change your life, why not start now?
Here's The Thing.....
From the first time you compromise your personal integrity to be part of something you do not believe in, you begin the war of looking yourself in the mirror.
Would your son be proud to know that you spent every day of your life prostrate to people who are less intelligent than you?
Would your wife love you more if you had done the safe thing? (or would she see in your action that you hate your job)
Every time you say it's just a job and do what you gotta do..... the younger you gets his ass kicked on the playground.
The Exception is Becoming an Expectation.....
And then that guy who tried 55 times and failed, became a millionaire. He donated every cent he made to charity because proving that the underdog had a fighting chance was the only thing that was keeping him alive.
And then the guy who had everything lost everything. He stood on the shoulders of those greater than he and manipulated those lesser, until it caught up with him.
Far worse is the person who never tried anything and died without ever knowing the extreme romance of walking the tight rope without a net underneath him/her.
If you didn't know what would happen tomorrow, would you be stressed out or enthralled?
Your suit will not make you more intelligent. You will seldom find interesting people in a room of assigned seats. If you think you are smarter than your boss, you probably are... do something about it!
Anyone can play in a cover band.
Anyone can plagiarize.
The only thing worth giving up on is that which you do not believe in. You (and everyone around you) will be dramatically surprised how freeing it can be to drop the anchor.
Don't Forget to Remember!