Dreamsand goals form a part of humanity. Achieving a set of goals orobjectives makes a person feel that they have lived or are living aworthwhile life.one thing that an individual needs to understand thisthat their dreams are theirs alone, so they have to work towardachieving it. A person should know that disappointments and rejectionare part if the process of achieving the dreams. People can eitherencourage or demotivate you in your quest for achieving the saiddreams depending on what they say or portray. By listening to thepositive and negative views of people, and then critically analyzingthese critics, a person can identify what they need to do so thatthey can successfully achieve what they aspire. From a young age, Ialways had a dream of owning a horse or at least being a part of barnlife. One would have thought that my dreams were too ambitious orunachievable, but one thing about me is that I that I do not give upregardless of the bad the situation look. In this paper, I willdescribe my desire for barn life, my passion for engaging in workinvolving a horse and finally pinpoint how I achieved my aspirationdespite facing many challenges in my quest.
Ibelieve that no dream is too big to achieve, after all, academicscholars indicate that only the sky could limit an ambitious person[CITATION Hof14 p 265 l 1033 ].Barn life has always appealed to me, it was a sanctuary, and horsesmatteredto me most. My parents wanted me to stay away from this hobby formany reasons, but I was adamant in chasing my goals. I loved the ideaof talking care if animals especially horses. I felt that I wouldenjoy my life to the fullest if only I could spend my entire days inthe barn doing what I loved most. “Sometimes you see something thatnobody else did or vice versa: maybe a horse that others saw asnormal, but you saw a special gift.“[CITATION mim17 p 31 l 1033 ].I did hope that even if I never managed to own a barn, then I wouldbe somewhere in the vicinity of one. I was not opposed to the idea ofworking for someone else who owned a barn since it would give me theexperience needed in achieving my objectives. In such a workenvironment, I would engage in basic tasks such as piling up horsedung to be used as manure, grooming the horses, feeding them andother related activities that would make me feel the warmth breath ofbarn air that always seemed to intoxicate me. However, this seemedimpossible since we lived in a town so finding a farmland was rare.
Myparents were against my dreams and thought that I had set the barbelow par according to them, I had to reevaluate my ‘unrealistic`goals to match the social expectations or even ensure they were closeto those of my colleagues and friends. My parents had the notion thatmy aspirations were expensive and would one day lead to my loss of anarm or a leg. More so, they associated this hobby with soiled clothesand dirty hands since one had to do many duties, which entailedcoming into contact with dusty hides and mud. Spending time inschools and with many people who had dissimilar goals to those ofmine seems to have changed my perspective on barn life and dreams ofowning a horse. I started thinking more of getting a white-collar jobrather than focusing on my dreams. This new I seemed to amaze andsurprise my parents at the same time, they thought, “He is finallycoming around.” The newfound peace was short-lived as things took aturn for the worst when I had a bad breakup, which made me losemotivation in everything. Most of the time I was engrossed in myphone on social media trying to bury my crushed emotions.
Myparents realized that my life was spiraling downwards very fast thushad to act. They emailed me a link about horse stables nearby thatneeded a helping hand. I contacted the owner, and we came to anagreement in how to spend my time at the barns. At first, it waschallenging, but with time, I adapted. An empty feeling lingering inme made it hard to be fully involved, but I had to push thesefeelings aside if I needed to succeed. Working made me feel betterand eventually started longing for my shifts when I was engrossed inother activities. Furthermore, my family supported me through allthese tough times their encouragement seemed to give me the energy Ineeded to accomplish tasks at hand and even move on. Surprising as itmight be I started reconnecting with my old self that used to longfor barns and horses. I started enjoying the activities, while myinvolvement improved my physique whereby I became stronger and moreresilient to challenges. Making new acquaintances with new horses asthe older ones were sold or left the barn became the order of theday. I made friendship with one horse and spent the next six monthslooking up for background information about him. The woman who hadhired me to tend to the horse ended up selling it to me. I paid ininstallments as I was still in school. After completion of thepayment, I moved the horse closer to my home in a quaint little farmwhere I could see him daily. The firm has a beautiful lake, and itsoccupants are friendly thus making it the perfect atmosphere to windoff and reflect on life issues.
Toconclude, I can say that our dreams are valid and we should,therefore, chase them regardless of the situation since they normallyshape us into what we become. It is crucial to understand that nomatter how hard a situation seems, give it time and you will get overit. Considering the warm feeling of excitement and happiness, I getvery morning when I see the horse is worth living for regardless ofthe cost. Despite all I underwent, the disproval from parents, theterrible breakup, the reinvention, school studies and many otherexperiences, I would say that it was finally worth it. All theseexperiences served to shape my current personality. I feel that Icannot want any more in this life especially considering that I haveachieved most of my aspirations.
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