The bigger your dream, the longer the climb.
And we’re not talking a manicured path fit for the His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
No, pursuing a dream is a long, ungodly trek fit for a 70s, low-budget sci-fi movie.
Some days the sun so bright and burning that you feel like an egg on a skillet. Others the sleet and wind pelting you so hard you feel like God’s chucking baseballs at your head.
Then when the thorns aren’t cutting you, the snide remarks from friends are. Having a big dream is very offensive to those who are married to comfortable. They will truly want to see you fail so that they can smile at their desk and applaud their wisdom for not chasing their dreams.
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So many times you’ll want to quit your dream. And rightfully so. You didn’t set out on this journey to die. You’re not a martyr.
But the promise of the view ahead keeps you climbing.
The Point of the Climb
You won’t realize it at the time, but you’re growing strong. Tough. The obstacle that used to stop you at the bottom of the path now an afterthought. You’re learning skills and strategies that make you a better climber. More resilient.
Comfortable is a quicksand. You wouldn’t know how to sit still even if someone drugged you.
Your dream is so close now. You can almost see it. The years of struggle all worth it. You begin to run. And as you turn the last bend, you stop and stare at something that you’re having trouble comprehending.
Road Closed. No Trespassing!
You can’t believe it. The road is boarded up with bricks and wood, barbed wire at the top.
All that for Road Closed?
You start to cry. How can you not?
When You Want to Give Up on Your Dream
You turn around and begin to walk back home. How can you enter back into the old routine after all this? Will people even recognize you?
What will you tell your family — that you came all that way for a dead-end?
People called you an idiot along the way. Apparently they were right.
Road Closed. Road closed. With every step you repeat these two words in your end like a demotivating mantra.
Road closed. Road closed? Road closed? Road closed! Why is the road closed? How in God’s green earth is the road freaking closed! I didn’t come all this way for Road closed!
I’m not letting that road be closed.
You run back up the hill. You reach the dead-end and you start climbing. You surprise yourself at how quickly you’re scaling this thing. You’re stronger than you realized. All the obstacles you scaled to get here weren’t really obstacles.
The obstacles were preparation for climbing over the dead-ends.
You pull yourself up, barbed wire gashing your hand, but the pain is nothing compared to the view. On top of Road Closed you’ve never been able to see so far in your entire life. You turn around and for the first time you see how far you’ve come. Then your breath really is taken away.
Why We Need “Road Closed”
When I was 25 years old with my first manuscript in the hands of publishers, do you know what scared me the most? That they’d actually say yes. How was I going to help twentysomethings scale walls I didn’t really know how to climb myself?
When finally my debut book 101 Secrets for your Twenties released five years later, I was ready.
You need to stand on the top of Road Closed if you’re going to lead others to do the same.
When you want to give up on your dream, yet you keep climbing – this is the exact moment you’re finally ready for it.
Dead-ends are only dead-ends if you turn around.
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