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Has Life Become Too Serious?

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After all, how can it be that with all the technology and advancements that are supposed to 'save us time' and make life easier and less stressful, many of us never seem to have the 'time' to stop and go after our goals and dreams, or even to spend much quality time with our friends and loved ones?

Think about this for a moment – it makes no sense! We live in a world were virtually everything we had to do manually in the past can now be done by a machine; you would think this would then free us up to spend our time doing the things we like to do and having fun – but does it?

Generally we seem to work harder and longer hours to stay abreast with the financial demands of surviving in the modern world. Because of this the 'living of life' can sometimes take a back seat in order to make room for time spent 'earning a living' – take a good look around you; it seems to me that we are all too busy working to be doing any 'living'!

When and how did it get so serious?

Hold on to Your Dreams

What, after all, is the point to it all? If our days are filled with work and stress and worry, how much room is there for loving, and giving; for laughter and tears, and enjoying the company of others; the exchanging of ideas, and discovery of new things; of achievements and disappointments, successes and failures; the fun and excitement and anticipation of reaching for the sky, and dreaming your dreams and making them become a reality.

Where has all that 'feeling' and enjoyment of life gone?

Some people have argued that as one grows older life must inevitably become more serious, and "one must be more careful" and "not take the risks that one may have taken in one's youth" – that this is "how life is" and how it must be – basically that 'life changes you'. But is that really the case?

Contrary to some trains of thought having fun does not need to mean 'being irresponsible', and to be 'responsible' it does not necessarily require that you become 'serious'.

Do people really change in that way as they grow older, or is it circumstances in life that seem to require a different response and they just stop dreaming their dreams, which then get lost along the way?

Could it be that you still have all those same burning desires, still want them and consider them to be valuable, but that you have 'pushed them down' or adapted them to 'fit in' with the world around you?

There's an easy way to find the answer to that question.

First of all you need to remind yourself of those things that you have dreamt of achieving in your life. The things that you felt were important, that you wanted to do or experience or change in the world.

You may have wanted to be a teacher, a builder, a doctor, an explorer, an engineer, or the best parent to your children that you could be. You may have wanted to be a painter, a pianist, a ballet dancer, a lion tamer, an actor, a policeman, or a train driver.

You may have dreamed of going on safari, driving across America, going around the world in eighty days, or sailing the seven seas while taking in the seven wonders of the world. Or you wanted to go to the moon, fancied a trip in a time machine, or aboard the Star Ship Enterprise.

Maybe you wanted to win an Oscar, or a Nobel prize, develop an important cure, become a missionary, discover a species of animal hitherto unknown, break the land speed record, or find a secret island and search for buried treasure.

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Sarah is a motivation speaker whose key to success is the ability to keep things simple. She has found that this to be far more effective and exportable as a usable technique that people can relate to and replicate in their own lives.
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