Don’t quit your dream because someone talked it down

We all have dreams and goals in life, and we all work hard to pursue them. I love hearing people talk about their dreams and aspirations, because we all come from different backgrounds and experiences. Sure I want to go into Physical Therapy, but I want to specialize in pediatrics and dance, while someone else may want to specialize in geriatrics or could be a specialist for another sport. The point is, we all talk about our dreams we have, but sometimes people knock them down. They tell you to do something different or not to do them at all. In all honesty, don’t listen to them. You know what benefits you and what YOU want to do. Not anyone else.

Let’s start with a little backstory on me. In my teenage years of dance (ages 12-15 we’ll say) was when I thought to myself “wow that’s cool that all of my muscles are working together to help me balance on one foot or to help me turn and leap”. Who else thinks of that as a dancer? During those years of my life, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do until my mom told me I should be a Physical Therapist. I knew I wasn’t at a professional dance level even though I was a strong dancer in my age group. My future profession stuck with me and it’s been a dream ever since.

So then I graduate and leave my dance studio knowing that I want to not only become a Physical Therapist but also a Dance Medicine specialist, who is a specialized doctor of PT or chiropractic medicine who works specifically with dancers. You’re probably thinking “wow that’s amazing” or “wow that’s such a huge goal” and it is, but some people that aren’t like you have tried to talk it down.

So with that being said, I am applying to grad school in the fall. I have a top school in mind (just like everyone else does), but this top school means a lot more to me than you may think. My top school has had two of my family members, which makes me a legacy when I apply. I’ve had people tell me I shouldn’t apply there. But you may ask, why did they do that? The answer is I don’t know. It happened over and over again and here I am not judging where these people apply for their secondary education.

Yes, it made me upset inside when people told me not to apply (guess what, I’m applying any way) because I wouldn’t say that to anyone, but in reality, it made me want it even more. If you know someone who’s crushing your dreams or taking you down about what YOU want, use their energy into motivation. Make yourself want it more than ever for YOU. Don’t let ANYONE that says you shouldn’t do something that you want to do for your dream affect what you want. The truth is, they can’t stand to see you win or they can’t do what you want to do themselves. Be ambitious, it gets you places.

Having goals and dreams in life is what makes you a force to be reckoned with. You have these ambitions because you want to become the best version of yourself. Don’t let anyone who knocks you down get to you and see you fail. Again, use their energy as motivation, because you have the ambition and drive that they may not have. Don’t be afraid to be the best that you can be!

Well that was my dream in life, what’s yours? I would love to hear them!

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