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Task 55 – Follow your dream

Task 55

Follow your dream

The Camera Cure - task 55
I had saved some money and went on a trip around the world right after I finished my military service. I met many people who were following their dreams among both the travelers as well as the people who lived in the places I visited. I realized that following my dreams wasn’t just completely possible, it was also my only real alternative. I never looked back. And through doing what I wanted to do, I learned about what I needed. In recent years, my family has sailed from Greece to Tahiti on our catamaran Kairos, which is named after the god of the opportune moment. The traveling has given us many invaluable moments. Showing my children the world and giving them good travel experiences are important to me. I like to use double exposure to create a kind of inner experience of being on a journey. Then, everything can happen – a starfish can become a star and Telma can float on seaweed. Kuna Yala, Panama, 2014. Photo: Torkil Færø


Not following your dreams

Not having dreams to fulfil or even worse, having dreams and not working on them, is a major source of dissatisfaction with life. So let us end our photographic journey by focusing on how to work on a dream. There are millions of possible dreams to choose from, but only a few valuable principles to make them come true. Do you have any dreams that got lost on the way? Dreams come in all sizes, make sure you have one for this day as well as for next month or year. By working on the small ones we also prepare for the Big one.

“Some day I will go on a trip with you somewhere!” Many friends have said this to me, whether it was for sailing or a workshop. Then I know that they will never come, because ‘some day’ is not on the calendar and ‘somewhere’ is not on a map. The people who say instead, “I am going next summer to the Caribbean,” are the ones who actually show up. Dreams without plans are just wishes. Dreams must be concrete and supported with a deadline to become a reality.

Those who don’t follow their dreams, lose the fire in their eyes. I unfortunately observe this lack often at my doctor’s office. It is one that I think can make people sicker. Because I have been consistently following my dreams for 30 years, my traveling easily becomes a topic for conversation. “You are lucky, you get to live the way you want,” say friends and acquain- tances. And many of them make excuses, “I am stuck at my job and in other obligations…” I think it is sad to hear because their facial expressions reveal that they also have a dream that should have been fulfilled.

Other people say, “You can’t just do what you dream of doing.” Yes, you can. And pro- bably that is when you can do the most. It is difficult to be tired when you follow your dreams. “If I had only earned as much as you do…” is also something I hear regularly. Then I answer that if I didn’t have my doctor’s salary then I would have wandered around with a backpack, lived on rice and taken odd jobs wherever I went. Maybe I would have had an even richer life that way. Therefore, I am not afraid of making less money for my retirement or being out of

work. The money that I have would go far on the road in India or on some faraway island.

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Maybe it started already with the world map covering my desk when I was in elementary school. I had daydreams about the exotic names instead of studying fractions and personal pronouns. It became clear to me – I had to see the whole world and find out how everything was connected in it.

What is your dream? What gets your pulse to rise and makes butterflies flutter in your stomach? My greatest hope is that you find the courage and strength to fulfill your dream. Through The Camera Cure® we have gone through the recipe: find out what you want, set a goal, be active, make space for fortunate conditions, take small steps and big leaps, accept and utilize difficulties, be patient, seek help, work hard and don’t give up even though the odds are against you…It is the striving and who you become on your way to your dream that is the real prize. And maybe most important of all, when you follow your dreams, you give others the acceptance and inspiration to follow theirs.

Following your dreams can often mean doing something you don’t think you can do. When you have set an impossible goal, you have made a giant leap towards your own adventure. The best thing about an impossible goal is that you may never reach it so you can enjoy the process along the way without worrying about what to do when you get there.

Here is a recipe for following a dream:

1. Find out what you want to do most of all. 2. Decide to make it happen.
3. Set a date.
4. Start right now, before you are ready.

5. Regularly remind yourself about the goal and surround yourself with pictures of it.
6. Work with small steps and big leaps.
7. Seek those you have succeeded and learn from them.
8. When you have also achieved what you set out to do share your knowledge with others.


Identify your dream. Make a project about this. I know you can do it!

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BOOK SUGGESTION: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.

Albert Einstein

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life
you’ve imagined.

Henry David Thoreau

You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.

C.S. Lewis

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.

Estée Lauder