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High Cost Of Dreaming

Posted by Ruok On January - 19 - 2006

Sometimes, it is really not easy. Even after all these years.

These past few days, while out on a feed-the-stomach assignment, I was reminded once again of the massive opportunity cost of living my dreams. You see, I got to know about a former course mate’s pay package while I was out on the assignment. And man, was it huge! Its a stark reminder to me that had I not took the other path, this would be potentially what I could be making. Things like this used to depress me quite a bit when I was starting out such that I would purposely avoid finding out what my peers were earning.

You know, its really almost impossible not to know. So I have learnt to accept this opportunity cost as my price for dreaming, and continued pursuing my passion. As the years go by, with me not getting closer to achieving anything remotely significant, the cost of dreaming just scales higher and higher and higher…

As I stared at his pay package, I felt, for the first time in years, the full brunt of the high cost of dreaming. A very good friend who came to know about it posed the question of me turning back. But you know what they say about good horses not eating turned back grass (好马不吃回头草)…well, its true.

Coz I’m a dman fine stud lor. 😀

10 Responses to “High Cost Of Dreaming”

  1. JD says:

    sometimes… u’ll just have to follow ur dreams.

    Sometimes… we all jus succumb to our ” feed-the-stomach assignment” instead.

    Its not easy to have the best of both worlds … would you rather be stuck at a job that you whine about day in day out just because it put food on the table ?or would u rather be living your dream and be content with whatever you get out of it and be happier and more … well…. content ?

    I gave up a very nice pay package and took up a job that’s my passion and pays way way lesser. I am happier now… better then grumbling and still looking for other opportunities when the whole age thing is catching up.

  2. Qiaoyun says:

    Oh. Same here. I was earning three times more in my previous occupation and sometimes I really really miss going shopping every few weeks and buying whatever I fancy, not to mention the *ahem* perks I was getting as a journalist.

    But I don’t miss the stress and the horror of being stuck every day doing tasks I really hate doing. So, to me, it’s a difficult but worthy tradeoff.

    Keep on dreaming, stud! 😉

  3. Aftiel says:

    hell yeah u are.. =) >wink

  4. 9 says:

    Always look ahead…but do please check blindspots…accidents do happen. =)

  5. well… I deviate between both of the 2 extremes. but look at it this way: at least you got to do your dream. =))))

    and I will do so, one day! rest assured! =)

  6. Ruok says:

    JD> Fwah ur virgin comment here!! 😀 I hear ya, but sometimes its not easy not to compare when things aren’t really going ur way while u r chasing ur dreams. I just needed to get all these out of my system, cuz I got mouth but I muz scream 😛

    QY> Hehehe, let me give u a line from the song “Imagine” – ‘You might say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one’ … U keep dreaming too!

    Angel> Aww shucks *blush*

    9> I dun mind accidents happening, important thing is to continue despite having accident.

    rn> Press On! And dream Big dreams! 😀

  7. spellbound says:

    like i always tell my friends…go with your passion…do whatever you feel like doing and there will be no regrets in your life.

  8. sunshin3 says:

    heheheh.. at least you still have your former supervisor’s name card with you should you decide to return… 😉

  9. Ruok says:

    spellbound > yeah I tend to agree, but there are always those times that will make you ponder.

    Leia > Its actually a Partner lol. But like I said, I’m a damn fine stud lor.

  10. sunshin3 says:

    Partner eh???? Well, i see that you’ve rectified the error in WordPress.. Good for you…

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