Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. ~Thoreau
These words gave me courage to apply for graduate school. They inspired me to continue to earn the degree my heart had always yearned to have. I incorporated them into my psyche anyway I could, including using them as wallpaper on my computer. When I felt shaky or doubtful, I repeated this quote to myself.
After graduation, I lived a more practical life, taking a job I never imagined I would have. Even though I loved the work I did, it robbed my soul of joy and happiness. I had to ask myself, "What are my dreams?"
The only answer that came to me was, "Not this."
I am not living the life I imagined, but it is within my grasp. At Thoreau's great advice, I am going confidently in that direction.