You don’t have to burn out in order to reach your dreams. You don’t have to work yourself until you’re exhausted. You don’t have to keep going until you’re near tears. You don’t have to push and push and push yourself until you feel like you’re going to collapse. You can succeed without self-destructing in the process. In fact, the chances of you succeeding are going to rise when you’re in a safe, healthy, comfortable place. You need to take care of yourself. You can’t allow your mental or physical health to become a problem for your future self to handle. You need to take care of yourself today. You need to put the same type of effort you’ve been putting into reaching your dreams into keeping yourself healthy.
You don’t have to check milestones off your t0-do list at the same times as your ‘competition’ in order to reach your dreams. You don’t have to graduate at a young age. You don’t have to get paid six digits at a young age. You don’t have to reach every dream at a young age. Even though you might feel like you’re falling behind when your peers continue to climb the career ladder and you’re staying in the same place, you shouldn’t compare yourselves. Your journey is different, but it is still beautiful. You have to stop worrying about what everyone around you is doing and focus on your own path. You’ll get there eventually. It doesn’t matter when. All that matters is that you don’t give up hope.
You don’t have to sacrifice your social life, or your love life, in order to reach your dreams. Even though it’s important to work hard, and to take your commitments seriously, you shouldn’t work every hour of the day without any breaks in between. You shouldn’t ignore your partner and bail on your friends because you have other things to worry about. Your relationships matter as much as your dreams. Your play time matters as much as your work time. You need to create a healthy work/life balance. You need to rearrange your schedule so you can fit your loved ones into your day. You don’t want to lose them on your climb to the top. You don’t want to forget how much they mean to you.
You don’t have to suffer in order to reach your dreams. Yes, you are going to have to put in a lot of work. Yes, some days are going to be harder than others. But overall, you should be proud of what you’re doing. You should be happy to walk down the road you have chosen. If you’re miserable every step of the way, if you aren’t having fun anymore, you need to reevaluate your goals. You need to ask yourself whether there’s a better way for you to live. You don’t want to be so focused on creating a future for yourself that you forget to enjoy the present. Tomorrow matters, but so does today.