On my journey I am continuously challenged by different opportunities. I dream of freedom, creativity and simplicity. As I dream I look around me to see what needs to be done practically. I am continuously aware of the tension between the dreams in my heart and the requirements of living a life that is secure. Secure, that’s a nice word. What the bleep is it anyway… Security!? Is it freedom from danger, risk, etc. as the dictionary tells you? Is it something that we put on to make us feel better – a little like an expensive coat? A coat that can be taken away at any moment…
Why does it look like if you choose security you sacrifice your dreams? I see so many people that have settled for security or have faced the choice of taking greater risks and have chosen to settle for something secure. I personally also know people that have taken risks and have then burnt their fingers trying a new venture. The result is that they then choose a more secure option for the future. Can you blame them? You have to start thinking of the kids, education costs, retirement… The list is endless. The basic cost of a decent standard of living is rather ridiculous. Have you ever been in a situation where you look at what’s left of your salary/income after deductions for medical aid, cars, house and a few other basics and thought to yourself: “How on earth is this possible?”
I am an idealist, iconoclast, dreamer and believer! I want to see the small guy win. I hunger to see a world that really cares but still gets things done. I hope to find many more inspiring leaders just around the corner. I see the future for others as they themselves can’t even see it yet.
In all this I have to find peace in tension. Tension between the dream and security. Tension between action and rest. Tension between fatalism and free will. Aaaagh! Man this is really frustrating… And actually very exciting. It is not just one thing. Not boring. In actual fact the challenge is beautiful. The way I see it is that if I can get a little more comfortable with change I can be so much more – BE, NOT DO!
I guess this is why I try stuff.