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What's stopping you from accomplishing your dreams?

Screen.Thief

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I'm sure many of you can remember the day you dedicated your life to something, or made such an impactful decision in your life that was supposed to change it forever. And as time moved on; things changed, ideas shifted, you met someone who opened your mind to other experiences, possibilities, etc. where did it all change? Do you still have those dreams? What is stopping you from being where you once strived to be? I've been stuck in a sort of limbo with finishing school and not being able to find meaningful work, and I genuinely feel like it's all been for nothing. Did the dreams I had years ago push me forward only to be false to begin with...? Do any of you feel this way, or have felt this way before?
 
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Mental illness has held me back from everything. I only have one dream left, but who knows if I will be able to accomplish it.
 
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What was your dream? For a long time for me I am confused and still don't know what my place is in the world but I feel like I'm on the right path of making something for myself
 
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Mere time. It is not a question of if I will achieve my dreams, only when. Besides, if I end up not achieving my goals because my time will have fallen short, who cares. Being decimated to mere rotten flesh and bones sounds like a vibe.
 
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Did the dreams I had years ago push me forward only to be false to begin with...? Do any of you feel this way, or have felt this way before?
I've had this, as well. "Maybe this wasn't a dream after all", I would think. But then that would mean none of my dreams have ever been dreams, just pure escapism with no real will to change. I may just be the queen of escapists who spends her life running away.

It's particularly tough right now because I had been rebuilding my trust in myself and it was smashed back to square one not too long ago. Basically went back into "you're delusional and your whole life is delusion topped by another delusion" mode and I have no idea when I'll be back to where I had stopped. But this time, I just want to at least imagine that I can do it, or that it's possible. I don't want anyone to question "why do you want to do this" or "how are you going to", I just want someone to believe in me, because I am massively afraid of failing (especially repeatedly, as I've failed repeatedly in the past at things that meant a lot to me) and of overall never being good enough or skilled enough or smart enough or just not deserving what I truly want. I just want to be able to achieve it, even if there is no one to see it, just for myself, to prove myself that I am worthy, that I am strong, that I am good, not corrupted, not crazy, not delusional, that I am exactly what I "know" myself to be deep down, but that I've been told and shown so many times I wasn't. A tree that falls into the forest does make a sound, but that doesn't mean that anyone will hear it. Still doesn't change that it makes a sound.
 
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Time I guess.
I want to travel the world and then build/buy a remote house and found a family.
Saving up for that just takes time and also these are more long term processes than just a thing you just achieve one day like winning a certain prize or so.
But time isn't really stopping me, it's more of a progress bar, sometimes moving faster, sometimes slower on my goals.
Less ambiguous:
Corona prevented me from going to Japan for the last 2 years because that island is still under lockdown. I am very optimistic it will happen next year though, unless WWIII breaks out or the chinese come up with a new variant in their institure of virology- uh I mean wet markets.
 
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My wife and I both grew up in poverty but have been able to graduate college, get successful jobs, buy a house, take in her brothers, and now start having kids of our own. Both of our dreams were to be financially stable in the first place with paying off debt and getting a house being an extra priority. We paid for our wedding ourselves as well. I've been successful in trading crypto currency as well which has been extremely helpful. We're a land owning, educated family now which is a dream I've been fortunate enough to realize.
I dreamed of quitting my job but stayed at it for years because of it helping so much with realizing everything else. I was able to quit for a fully WFH position that is much less stressful, but my biggest dream is to be able to retire before I'm 35 so I can focus on developing my own projects.
I want to learn Japanese and visit Japan, but between all the kids and cats and prepping for the baby and house maintenance and full time it's hard to have a lot of energy for it. My genuine feeling is that being obligated to hold a full time job holds me back the most, even if it ha provided so much so far
 
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