I love an underdog story. The story of the oddball who works his ass off, who gets knocked down and fails a lot more than wins, who seems to emerge out of nowhere to accomplish that big dream.
I love this story because its underlying premise is that if you work hard enough you can get your dreams.
My father would laugh at the last sentence. He did not get that one dream. The one dream that he believed was supposed to be his.
Instead he took a pragmatic approach to life, provided for his family (with my mum’s help), and then more or less guided me to what he had wanted to accomplish. The problem was I took my own pragmatic approach, modified my father’s dream, and pursued a slightly different course. I am an applied physicist, not the theoretical physicist my father wanted me to become. I don’t solve the big problems in physics. No, no, no. I find renewable energy solutions. A far cry from the theoretical framework for the existence of gravity that my father thought I would pursue. He has more or less given up on me pursuing this line of research.
I initially did want to investigate the esoteric aspects of nature. But I took the advice of my father (bad advice dad :)) and advisers who believed I should pursue a research topic that will help with solving a problem that the Caribbean is currently facing. I found that problem and went about systematically trying to solve it. I solved one part of it.
Initially, my dream was my father’s dream…one of becoming known as a physicist, of winning the Nobel Prize.
But I adapted his dream and it became mine.
Now I have a job that promotes solving renewable energy problems for the Caribbean region.
I am passionate about my research. I get to look forward to my days and to make a contribution now and to my region.
I get to live my dream a little bit each day and I am thankful to be able to dream the dream and work the dream every single day.
Is your dream yours? If not, adapt and make it yours. This life is meant to be lived. So make sure you are living your dream and living it a little bit every day.